Dusky Tilefish

Dusky Tilefish

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Range: Indo-West Pacific Ocean: Maldives and Mauritius north to Southern Japan, and south to the Great Barrier Reef.

Size: 6 inches (15 cm)

Natural Environment: Inhabits muddy to rubble covered outer reef slopes and is usually found in depths between 100 – 300 feet (30 – 90 m) and usually no more than 10 – 15 feet (3 – 5 m) above the bottom substrate where they burrow for protection. They generally live in pairs and feed on zooplankton.

General Husbandry: Occasionally seen in the trade and having a slender elongated body with a blunt head. Often pale olive brown to yellowish; yet sometimes light green depending upon areas of collection.


Best maintained fish-only aquariums with subdued lighting, yet can also be maintained in reef aquariums, with both having low rocky crevices and caves to hide in when needing to do so. The aquarium should also have wide-open swimming areas and sandy areas to create burrows. A fast swimming fish that tends to dig under reef structures, live or inert.


If maintained with moderately aggressive tankmates, will remain in hiding during daylight hours and may not get its fair share of the food when its feeding time. If maintained with peaceful tankmates, will spend a good portion of its time in the aquarium open areas.


As to diet, products such as marine fish and crustacean flesh, clams, and other marine meaty foods should be enriched and finely chopped and fed several times daily.