- Dorsal and anal fins without scales basally
- 69–74 lateral-line scales
- Vomerine tooth patch with medial posterior extension
- Total gill rakers on first gill arch 28–33
Body silvery lavender, top of head with small dark spots, caudal fin purplish with pale margin.
Up to 65 cm TL.
Indo-West and Central Pacific in tropical waters.
Benthopelagic over rocky reefs, from 140 to at least 360 m depth.
Feeds primarily on fishes, but also crustaceans, cephalopods and other benthic invertebrates. Maturity estimates of Lavender jobfish vary regionally. In the main Hawaiian Islands, length where 50% of females became mature was 23.8 cm FL, while in the north-western Hawaiian Islands, 50% of females became mature at 28.6 cm FL.1 Mean age at maturity was estimated at 2 years. Estimated mean maximum age is 8 years.2
Caught mainly with bottom longlines and deep handlines.
- 1.DeMartini EE. Body size at sexual maturity in the eteline snappers Etelis carbunculus and Pristipomoides sieboldii: subregional comparisons between the main and north-western Hawaiian Islands. Marine and Freshwater Research [Internet]. 2017;68(6):1178–86. Available from: https://doi.org/10.1071/MF16174
- 2.Martinez-Andrade F. A comparison of life histories and ecological aspects among snappers (Pisces: Lutjanidae). 2003.