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


Silvery purple brown on back, silvery blue below.


Up to 70 cm TL.


Indo-West and Central Pacific in tropical waters.


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


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


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:

The IUCN Red List of Threatened SpeciesTM