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Species: Aphareus furca, Small-toothed jobfish

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pointed head
grey; orange on fins
edges of preopercle & opercle black
D & A: end in filaments
C very forked

Aphareus furca (Lacepède, 1801)

Small-toothed Jobfish

Elongate, fusiform body; flat between eyes; snout pointed; lower jaw strongly projecting; teeth minute, no canines, none on roof of mouth; tail deeply forked with pointed tips; dorsal continuous, without notch, X, 10-11; anal III, 8; dorsal and anal with last rays filamentous; pectoral long, 15-16; scales small; lateral line scales 65-75; dorsal and anal scaleless

Purplish-brown above, blue-grey below, a silverly to orange sheen over body; edges of preopercle and opercle black, with orange tint; orange tints often to iris, edges of mouth, and all of fins

Size: 70 cm.

Habitat: inshore rocky and coral reefs.

Depth: 5-122 m.

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

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  • Marine Only
  • Marine
  • Inshore
  • Inshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Mid Water
  • Water column only
  • Near Bottom
  • Water column
  • Reef associated (reef + edges-water column & soft bottom)
FishBase Habitat
  • Reef Associated
Feeding Group
  • Data
  • Carnivore
  • Pelagic crustacea
  • Pelagic fish larvae
  • Bony fishes
  • Zooplankton
  • Data
Egg Type
  • Pelagic
  • No data
  • Pelagic larva
Global Endemism
  • Indo-Pacific only (Indian + Pacific Oceans)
  • TEP non-endemic
  • "Transpacific" (East + Central &/or West Pacific)
  • All species
  • All Pacific (West + Central + East)
Regional Endemism
  • Island (s) only
  • Tropical Eastern Pacific (TEP) non-endemic
  • Island (s)
  • Eastern Pacific non-endemic
  • All species
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Equatorial (Costa Rica to Ecuador + Galapagos, Clipperton, Cocos, Malpelo)
IUCN Red List
  • Not evaluated / Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 70
Depth Range Min
  • 5
Depth Range Max
  • 122