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Lavender snapper (jobfish)

  • Photo of a lavender jobfish
    Adult lavender jobfish (Photo: JE Randall)
Scientific name

Pristipomoides sieboldii

  • lower jaw slightly protrudes
  • caudal fin is forked
  • silvery with a lavender hue and dark spots on the top of the head (more conspicuous in young fish)
  • the dorsal fin's margin is orange
  • caudal fin is purplish with a pale inner margin on the fork
  • similar to the crimson jobfish
Family name

Lutjanidae (tropical snappers and seaperches)

Family description
  • most tropical snappers and seaperches are easy to identify by their adult colouration
  • most have strong spinous dorsal fins and a more-or-less continuous dorsal fin which may be slightly notched between the spinous and soft parts
  • they are carnivores and typically feed at night
  • some species are known ciguatoxin carriers
  • mangrove jack (Lutjanus argentimaculatus) and large scale seaperch (fingermark) (Lutjanus johnii) are not considered coral reef fish under the fishery plan
  • jobfishes are a subset of this family and include all species of the genera Aphareus, Aprion, Etelis, Parapristipomoides and Pristipomoides
  • representative species have been illustrated in this guide but there are more species you may catch. Please check current rules and regulations for specific size and in-possession limits
Size and possession limits
  • minimum size 38 cm
  • combined possession limit of 8 for lavender snapper (jobfish) and rosy snapper (jobfish)
  • in addition, total possession limit of 20 for all Coral Reef Fin Fish

Further information