Small-toothed jobfishAYF

 
Aphareus furca
Image: Jack Randall (CC BY-NC 3.0)

Characteristic features:

  • Dorsal fin continuous
  • Membranes of dorsal and anal fins without scales
  • Maxilla without scales
  • 71–74 lateral-line scales
  • First gill arch with 22–28 gill rakers

Colour:

Silvery purple brown on back, silvery blue below.

Size:

Up to 70 cm TL.

Distribution:

Indo-West and Central Pacific in tropical waters.

Habitat:

Lagoons, coral and rocky reefs, from 5 to at least 120 m depth.

Biology:

Feeds on fishes and crustaceans. Occurs in solitary or in small schools. Little else is know about the biology or ecology of this species.

Fisheries:

Caught with handlines and vertical longlines.

Similar species:

 
Aphareus rutilans
Rusty jobfish
Aphareus rutilans
Aphareus rutilans differs in having a first gill arch with 49–52 gill rakers (vs. 22–28) and a body colour varying from blueish grey or mauve to reddish (vs. silvery purple brown on back, silvery blue below).
 
Pristipomoides spp.
Pristipomoides typus
Pristipomoides typus
Pristipomoides species differ in having a premaxillae not protrusible, attached to snout at symphysis by a frenum (vs. premaxillae protrusible, not attached to snout by frenum).

External links:

FishBase
The IUCN Red List of Threatened SpeciesTM