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Blue Blanquillo
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Blue Blanquillo

Malacanthus latovittatus
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Blue Blanquillo also known as the Striped Waggler, Striped Blanquillo, Blue Whiting or Dolphin Shark are found from the Red Sea and Kenya east to Hawaiian Islands, Fanning Islands and Samoa; northward to Japan south to Australia.

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The Blue Blanquillo juveniles have a black horizontal midsection with silvery-white above and below. The head of adults takes on a blue colouration that can extend to a third of the length of the fish, fading the black bar as it spreads.

The Blue Blanquillo will usually accept a large variety of meaty foods with time and should be given a varied diet of items like shrimp, scallop, clam, fish flesh and similar items. They can be kept with other moderate-temperament fish but may become stressed with boisterous tankmates and may not feed. Stressed or frightened Blue Blanquillo have also been known to jump from the aquarium so a secure, tight-fighting lid is important. Tilefish are often shy when first introduced to the aquarium and can be sensitive to transport and changes in water quality. They will quickly retreat into rockwork if threatened. 

Although the Blue Blanquillo do not normally prey on corals, they need plenty of open swimming room and may be stung by some corals and other animals like anemones. They may also eat some ornamental inverts like crabs and shrimp as they grow larger. As such, they are best housed in an open fish-only system.

Minimum Aquarium Size

700 L

Max Size

45 cm

Reef Safe

With caution

Temperament

Semi-Aggressive

Diet

Carnivore

Care

Moderate

Origin

Western Pacific

Source

Wild Caught

Venomous

No

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