Ornate jobfishLRY

 
Pristipomoides argyrogrammicus
~24 cm TL

Characteristic features:

  • Dorsal and anal fins without scales at base
  • 58–62 lateral line scales
  • Total gill rakers on first gill arch 17–21
  • Vomerine tooth patch without medial posterior extension
  • Body with many bright blue spots and lines

Colour:

Dorsal head reddish, back mainly yellow, sides and belly silvery or pink; body with many bright blue spots and small irregular lines, including a zig-zag line running above lateral line to dorsal part of caudal peduncle; dorsal and caudal fins yellowish.

Size:

Up to 40 cm TL.

Distribution:

Indo-West and Pacific in tropical waters.

Habitat:

Rocky reefs, from 70 to at least 350 m depth.

Biology:

Feeds on small fishes crustaceans and cephalopods. Maturity occurs between 12.0 and 14.2 cm FL. Males grow larger than females. Ornate jobfish are multiple spawners. In waters off Japan, the main spawning season occurs in summer between April and August lasting 5 months.1

Fisheries:

Caught mainly with handlines.

Similar species:

A distinct species, clearly separable from other Pristipomoides species by having a body with many bright blue spots and small irregular lines, including a zig-zag line running above lateral line to dorsal part of caudal peduncle

External links:

FishBase
The IUCN Red List of Threatened SpeciesTM

References:

  1. 1.
    Nanami A. Size composition and reproductive biology of the ornate jobfish Pristipomoides argyrogrammicus (Lutjanidae) off Ishigaki Island, Okinawa. Ichthyological research [Internet]. 2011;58(4):310–4. Available from: https://link.springer.com/content/pdf/10.1007%2Fs10228-011-0230-6.pdf