Goldband jobfishLRI

Pristipomoides multidens
30.2 cm TL

Characteristic features:

  • Dorsal and anal fins without scales basally
  • 48–50 lateral-line scales
  • Total gill rakers on first gill arch 20–22


Yellowish to pinkish, 2 golden stripes on snout and cheek, top of head with transverse brown reticulations, dorsal fin with yellowish stripes and spots.


Up to 100 cm TL.


Indo-West Pacific in tropical waters.


Coral and rocky reefs, from 40 to at least 360 m depth.


Feeds primarily on fishes, but also crustaceans, cephalopods and other benthic invertebrates. Occurs in schools. Goldband jobfish are a slow growing, late maturing and long lived species. Length at first maturity has been estimated at 30.0 cm FL1 and length where 50% of individuals reach maturity was 47.0 cm FL. Age at 50% maturity was estimated at 8 years.2 Estimated maximum age is 30 years off the coast of northwestern Australia.2


Caught mainly with handlines.

Similar species:

Pristipomoides filamentosus
Crimson jobfish
Pristipomoides filamentosus
Pristipomoides filamentosus differ in having 57–62 lateral-line scales (vs. 48–50) and total gill rakers on first gill arch 22–26 (vs. 20–22).
Pristipomoides flavipinnis
Goldeneye jobfish
lutjanus flavipinnis
Pristipomoides flavipinnis differs in having 2 golden stripes on snout and cheek (vs. golden stripes absent); total gill rakers on first gill arch 22–27 (vs. 20–22) and 59–63 lateral line scales (vs. 48–50).
Pristipomoides sieboldii
Lavender jobfish
Pristipomoides sieboldii
Pristipomoides sieboldii differs in having 69–74 lateral-line scales (vs. 48–50) and total gill rakers on first gill arch 28–33 (vs. 20–22).
Pristipomoides typus
Sharptooth jobfish
Pristipomoides typus
Pristipomoides typus differs in having total gill rakers on first gill arch 23–26 (vs. 20–22).
Pristipomoides multidens are difficult to distinguish from Caesionidae.

External links:

The IUCN Red List of Threatened SpeciesTMTM

  1. 1.
    Lokani P, Pili H, Richards A, Tiroba G. Estimation of the unexploited biomass and maximum sustainable yield for the deep reef demersal fishes in Papua New Guinea. In: United States Agency for International Development and National Marine Fisheries Service Workshop on Tropical Fish Stock Assessment’(Eds JJ Polovina and RS Shomura) National Marine Fisheries Service NOAA Technical Report NMFS-SWFSC-148 [Internet]. 1990. p. 29–54. Available from:
  2. 2.
    Newman SJ, Dunk IJ. Age validation, growth, mortality, and additional population parameters of the goldband snapper (Pristipomoides multidens) off the Kimberley coast of northwestern Australia. Fishery Bulletin [Internet]. 2003;101(1):116–28. Available from: