Goldflag jobfishLWA

 
Pristipomoides auricilla
36.0 cm TL

Characteristic features:

  • Dorsal and anal fins without scales at base
  • Maxilla without scales
  • Dorsal fin continuous
  • Vomerine tooth patch without medial posterior extension

Colour:

Purplish or brownish violet with numerous yellow spots and blotches on sides, upper caudal-fin lobe mostly bright yellow.

Size:

Up to 50 cm TL.

Distribution:

Indo-West and Pacific in tropical waters.

Habitat:

Rocky reefs, from 80 to at least 360 m depth.

Biology:

Feeds primarily on fishes but also salps. Mean values of age and length at maturity are 1.8 years and 24.5 cm, respectively. Estimated maximum age is 8 years.1

Fisheries:

Caught mainly with handlines.

Similar species:

 
Caesonidae
Fusiliers
Paracaesio auricilla are difficult to distinguish from Caesionidae.

External links:

FishBase
The IUCN Red List of Threatened SpeciesTM

References:

  1. 1.
    Martinez-Andrade F. A comparison of life histories and ecological aspects among snappers (Pisces: Lutjanidae). 2003.