Crimson jobfishPFM

Pristipomoides filamentosus
20.2 cm TL

Characteristic features:

  • Dorsal and anal fins without scales basally
  • 57–62 lateral-line scales
  • Total gill rakers on first gill arch 22–26


Silvery brown to reddish purple, top of head with blue spots and narrow yellow lines, trailing edge of caudal fin yellowish.


To at least 100 cm TL.


Indo-West and Pacific in tropical waters.


Rocky reefs, from 40 to at least 360 m depth.


Feeds primarily on fishes but also shrimps, crabs, ascidians and salps. Crimson jobfish undertake diurnal vertical migrations to their lower depth distributions at night to feed. Mean values of age and length at maturity are 3 years and 46.0 cm TL, respectively. Mean longevity is estimated at 13 years,1 however lead–radium and bomb radiocarbon dating of otoliths has estimated maximum age of up to at least 40 years.2


Caught mainly with handlines.

Similar species:

Pristipomoides flavipinnis
Goldeneye jobfish
lutjanus flavipinnis
Pristipomoides flavipinnis differs in having 59–63 lateral line scales (vs. 57–62) and total gill rakers on first gill arch 22–27 (vs. 22–26).
Pristipomoides multidens
Goldband jobfish
Pristipomoides multidens
Pristipomoides multidens differs in having 48–50 lateral-line scales (vs. 57–62) and total gill rakers on first gill arch 20–22 (vs. 22–26).
Pristipomoides sieboldii
Lavender jobfish
Pristipomoides sieboldii differs in having 69–74 lateral-line scales (vs. 57–62) and total gill rakers on first gill arch 28–33 (vs. 22–26).
Pristipomoides typus
Sharptooth jobfish
Pristipomoides typus
Pristipomoides typus differs in having 48–50 lateral-line scales (vs. 57–62).
Pristipomoides filamentosus are difficult to distinguish from Caesionidae.

External links:

The IUCN Red List of Threatened SpeciesTM


  1. 1.
    Martinez-Andrade F. A comparison of life histories and ecological aspects among snappers (Pisces: Lutjanidae). 2003.
  2. 2.
    Andrews AH, DeMartini EE, Brodziak J, Nichols RS, Humphreys RL. A long-lived life history for a tropical, deepwater snapper (Pristipomoides filamentosus): bomb radiocarbon and lead–radium dating as extensions of daily increment analyses in otoliths. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences [Internet]. 2012;69(11):1850–69. Available from: