Pristipomoides sieboldii (Bleeker, 1855)
Lavender jobfish
Pristipomoides sieboldii
photo by Randall, J.E.

Family:  Lutjanidae (Snappers), subfamily: Etelinae
Max. size:  79 cm TL (male/unsexed); max.weight: 8,400.0 g
Environment:  benthopelagic; marine; depth range 100 - 360 m
Distribution:  Indo-Pacific: East Africa to Hawaii, and northward to southern Japan. A single specimen, apparently of this species, obtained from Vema Seamount in the southeast Atlantic.
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 10-10; Dorsal soft rays (total): 11-11; Anal spines: 3-3; Anal soft rays: 8-8. Interorbital space flat. Lower jaw slightly protruding. Bases of dorsal and anal fins without scales, their last soft rays extended into short filaments. Pectoral fins long, reaching level of anus. Scale rows on back parallel to lateral line. Body is silvery with lavender hue; the top of the head with dark spots; margin of the dorsal fin orange; the caudal fin purplish with the inner margin of the fork pale.
Biology:  Adults are found over rocky bottoms (Ref. 30573); off Guam, caught most abundantly from about 180 to 270 m (Ref. 9821). They feed mainly on fishes, shrimps, crabs, polychaetes, cephalopods and urochordates. Marketed mostly fresh. Caught mainly with bottom longlines and deep handlines.
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 05 March 2015 Ref. (126983)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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