Pristipomoides filamentosus   (Valenciennes,  1830) (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

Image copyrights: Randall, J.E.

Size: 60-100 cm.

Max. weight reported: 8,154 gm.

Color: Ground variable, from lavender with a blue tinge to reddish purple; small blue spots on top of head. Dorsal fin with 2 yellowish longitudinal lines. Soft dorsal and caudal fins margined with red.

A elongate, robust snapper. Interorbital space flat; teeth in jaws in bands with an outer row of canines; no teeth on tongue; median tooth patch on roof of mouth (vomer) triangular without a median posterior extension. Dorsal fin with 10 spines and 11 soft rays; anal fin with 3 spines and 8 soft rays; last soft rays of dorsal and anal fins extended into short filaments; pectoral fin as long as head and slightly falcate; caudal fin forked. Scales small, 60 to 65 on lateral line; no scales on dorsal and anal fins.

Dioecious with external fertilization.

Age: 18 years

Synonym (s)
Pristipomoides microlepis (Bleeker, 1869)
Pristipomoides microdon (Steindachner, 1876)
Aphareus roseus Castelnau, 1879
Aprion brevirostris Vaillant, 1873
Bowersia violescens Jordan & Evermann, 1903
Chaetopterus microlepis Bleeker, 1868
Etelis brevirostris Vaillant, 1873
Pristipomoides microlepis (Bleeker, 1868)
Serranus filamentosus Valenciennes, 1830

Common Name (s)
• Bluespotted Jobfish (English)
• Rosy Jobfish (English)
Economic Importance and Threats
Importance:  Commercial
(Fisheries, gamefish)

Habitat:  Bentho Pelagic
Trophic Level:  Secondary Consumer
Prey:  Benthic crustaceans (crabs, shrimps)


• Gulf of Oman
• West Coast INDIA
• Lakshadweep INDIA
• Kerala INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • Heemstra, E; Heemstra, P; Smale, M; Hoopers, T and Pelicier, D (2004) Preliminary checklist of coastal fishes from the Mauritian island of Rodrigues Journal of natural history Taylor and Francis 38(23-24) 3315 - 3350 Available at - index/
  • Letourneur, Y; Chabanet, P; Durville, P; Taquet, M; Teissier, E; Parmentier, M; Quero, JC and Pothin, K (2004) An updated checklist of the marine fish fauna of Reunion Island, south-western Indian Ocean Cybium 28(3) 199-216
  • Mees, CC (1993) Population biology and stock assessment of Pristipomoides filamentosus on the Mahe Plateau, Seychelles Journal of Fish Biology 43(5) 695-708 Available at - Zoological Records
  • (1982) A colour guide to the fishes of the south China sea and the Andaman sea Seafood Industries Association, Singapore Available at - CMFRI, Kochi
  • Froese, R and Pauly, D (2000) Fishbase 2000: Concepts, design and data sources ICLARM 344 pp Available at -
  • Al-Abdessalaam, TZS (1995) Marine species of the Sultanate of Oman p 412 Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Fischer, W and Bianchi, G (Eds.) (1984) FAO species identification sheets for fishery purposes. Western Indian Ocean (Fishing Area 51) FAO, Rome 3 Available at -
  • James, PSBR; Lazarius, S and Arumugam, G (1994) The present status of 'Major Perch' fisheries in India Perch fisheries in India Bulletin Of Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute CMFRI, Cochin 47 1-9 Available at -

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