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  Rusty Jobfish (Aphareus rutilans)





Rusty Jobfish | Aphareus rutilans photo
Aphareus rutilans

Image by Robbie N. Cada (former FishBase staff member) - License: Public Domain.    (view image details)



RUSTY JOBFISH FACTS

Description
The Rusty Jobfish is a streamlined elongated fish with a large lunate tail. It has a large mouth with a protruding lower jaw. The body is blue-grey, purple grey or reddish brown. The fins are yellowish to reddish. The pelvic and anal fins are sometimes white.

Size
Length to about 80cm (commonly about 50cm). Weight to 12 kg

Habitat
inshore waters, coral reefs, found on rocky bottom areas to depths of 100m or more.

Food
Feeds on fish, squid, crustaceans

Range
The Rusty Jobfish is found in tropical waters of the Indo-west and Central Pacific. In Australia it is found off north-western Western Australia and northern Queensland.



Classification
Class:Actinopterygii
Order:Perciformes
Family:Lutjanidae
Genus:Aphareus
Species:rutilans
Common Name:Rusty Jobfish