Aphareus furca

Small-toothed jobfish AYF
Characteristic features:

Silvery purple brown on back, silvery blue below.


Up to 70 cm TL.


Indo-West and Central Pacific in tropical waters.


Lagoons, coral and rocky reefs, from 5 to 120 m depth.


Feeds on fishes and crustaceans. Occurs in solitary or in small schools. Little else is know about the biology or ecology of this species.

Indonesian fisheries:

Caught with handlines and vertical longlines.

Similar species:

Aphareus rutilans
Rusty jobfish

Aphareus rutilans

Aphareus rutilans differs in having 49–52 gill rakers on first gill arch (vs. 22–28) and a body colour varying from blueish grey or mauve to reddish (vs. silvery purple brown on back, silvery blue below).

Pristipomoides spp.

Pristipomoides argyrogrammicus
Pristipomoides argyrogrammicus

Pristipomoides species differ in having a premaxillae not protrusible, attached to snout at symphysis by a frenum (vs. premaxillae protrusible, not attached to snout by frenum).

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