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Inhabits muddy to rubble or rubble-sand areas of outer reef slopes. Observed a meter above the substrate and retreats to a burrow when threatened. Stomach contents consist of calanoid copepods (58% by volume), larvaceans (20%), siphonophores (20%), and fish eggs (2%) (Ref. 8991). Sometimes in loose groups (Ref.48635). Actinopterygii (Strahlenflosser) > Perciformes (Perch-likes) > Malacanthidae (Tilefishes) > Malacanthinae Etymology: Hoplolatilus: Greek, hoplon = weapon + Latin, latus = wide (Ref. 45335). More on author:Randall.