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Perciformes  -  Lutjanidae  -  Aphareus  -  Aphareus furca

Aphareus furca

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pointed head

edges of preopercle & opercle black
D & A: end in  filaments

C: very forked  



Aphareus furca (Lacepède, 1801)

Small-toothed jobfish

Elongate, fusiform body; head pointed; flattened between eyes; mouth not protractile, large, lower jaw projecting ; teeth minute, no canines; no teeth on roof of mouth; tail deeply forked with pointed tips; dorsal X, 10-11; anal III, 8;  last rays of dorsal and anal fins filamentous; pectoral long, 15-16 rays; lateral line scales 65-75; dorsal and anal scaleless.

Purplish-brown above, blue-grey below, a silver sheen over body;  edges of preopercle and opercle black.

        Size: 70 cm.

Habitat: inshore rocky and coral reefs.

Depth: 5-70 m.

        Indo-Pacific; resident at Cocos in the eastern Pacific; also at Malpelo Is.

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