Sharptooth jobfishLRU

Pristipomoides typus
36.8 cm FL

Characteristic features:

  • Dorsal and anal fins without scales basally
  • 48–50 lateral-line scales
  • No golden stripes on snout or cheek
  • Total gill rakers on first gill arch 23–26


Pinkish, no golden stripes on snout or cheek, top of head with longitudinal narrow lines, dorsal fin with yellowish wavy lines.


Up to 70 cm TL.


East Indian and West Pacific in tropical and subtropical waters.


Demersal over rocky reefs, from 40 to at least 100 m depth.


Feeds on fishes and benthic invertebrates. Occurs in schools. The estimated mean age and length at maturity of Sharptooth jobfish are 2.7 years and 34.3 cm FL, respectively. Estimated mean maximum age is 11 years.1


Caught mainly with handlines.

Similar species:

Pristipomoides filamentosus
Crimson jobfish
Pristipomoides filamentosus
Pristipomoides filamentosus differs in having 57–62 lateral-line scales (vs. 48–50).
Pristipomoides multidens
Goldband jobfish
Pristipomoides multidens
Pristipomoides multidens differs in having total gill rakers on first gill arch 20–22 (vs. 23–26).
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. 23–26)
Pristipomoides flavipinnis
Goldeneye jobfish
lutjanus flavipinnis
Pristipomoides flavipinnis differs in having total gill rakers on first gill arch 22–27 (vs. 23–26); 59–63 lateral line scales (vs. 48–50) and when fresh, margin of dorsal fin yellow (vs. dorsal fin with wavy yellow lines).
Pristipomoides typus 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.