Pristipomoides filamentosus

Crimson jobfish PFM
Characteristic features:

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


Up to 100 cm TL.


Indo-West and Central Pacific in tropical waters.


Rocky reefs, from 40 to 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 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

Indonesian fisheries:

Caught mainly with handlines.

Similar species:

Pristipomoides flavipinnis
Goldeneye jobfish

Pristipomoides flavipinnis

Pristipomoides flavipinnis differs in having 59–63 lateral line scales (vs. 57–62) and 22–27 gill rakers on first gill arch (vs. 22–26).

Pristipomoides multidens
Goldband jobfish

Pristipomoides multidens

Pristipomoides multidens differs in having 48–50 lateral-line scales (vs. 57–62) and 20–22 gill rakers on first gill arch (vs. 22–26).

Pristipomoides sieboldii
Lavender jobfish

Pristipomoides sieboldii

Pristipomoides sieboldii differs in having 69–74 lateral-line scales (vs. 57–62) and 28–33 gill rakers on first gill arch (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:
  1. Martinez-Andrade F. A comparison of life histories and ecological aspects among snappers (Pisces: Lutjanidae). 2003.
  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: