Pristipomoides filamentosus

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Crimson jobfish
Pristipomoides filamentosus JNC2452.JPG
Crimson jobfish
Not evaluated (IUCN 3.1)
Scientific classification
P. filamentosus
Binomial name
Pristipomoides filamentosus
  • Serranus filamentosus Valenciennes, 1830
  • Chaetopterus microlepis Bleeker, 1869
  • Pristipomoides microlepis (Bleeker, 1869)
  • Aprion brevirostris Vaillant, 1873
  • Etelis brevirostris Vaillant, 1873 (error in original description of A. brevirostris)
  • Aphareus roseus Castelnau, 1879
  • Bowersia violescens D. S. Jordan & Evermann, 1903
Crimson jobfish with attached isopod parasite

Pristipomoides filamentosus, commonly known as the crimson jobfish, crimson snapper, opakapaka,[1] or Hawaiian pink snapper, is a species of snapper native to the Indian Ocean and into the Pacific Ocean as far east as Hawaii and Tahiti. They inhabit waters over rocky substrates at depths from 40 to 400 m (130 to 1,310 ft) seemingly preferring to remain between 180 and 270 m (590 and 890 ft). This species can reach a length of 100 cm (39 in), though most are around 50 cm (20 in). The greatest known weight for this species is 8.2 kg (18 lb). This species is very important to local commercial fisheries and is sought out as a game fish.[2] One of the Deep Seven species of Hawai'i.

Known parasites of the crimson jobfish include the cymothoid isopod Anilocra gigantea,[3], the pennellid copepod Lernaeolophus sultanus and the nematodes Cucullanus bourdini [4] and Raphidascaris (Ichthyascaris) etelidis. [5]

According to the FAO, the fish have been overexploited, but are in a recovering state. The commercial capture of crimson jobfish sharply dropped to 4,400 tonnes in 2009 from 25,300 tonnes the previous year.[6]


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  2. ^ Froese, Rainer and Pauly, Daniel, eds. (2013). "Pristipomoides filamentosus" in FishBase. December 2013 version.
  3. ^ Justine, JL.; Beveridge, I.; Boxshall, GA.; Bray, RA.; Miller, TL.; Moravec, F.; Trilles, JP.; Whittington, ID. (2012). "An annotated list of fish parasites (Isopoda, Copepoda, Monogenea, Digenea, Cestoda, Nematoda) collected from Snappers and Bream (Lutjanidae, Nemipteridae, Caesionidae) in New Caledonia confirms high parasite biodiversity on coral reef fish". Aquat Biosyst. 8 (1): 22. doi:10.1186/2046-9063-8-22. PMC 3507714. PMID 22947621.
  4. ^ Moravec, František; Justine, Jean-Lou (2011). "Cucullanid nematodes (Nematoda: Cucullanidae) from deep-sea marine fishes off New Caledonia, including Dichelyne etelidis n. sp". Systematic Parasitology. 78 (2): 95–108. doi:10.1007/s11230-010-9281-8. ISSN 0165-5752.
  5. ^ Moravec, František; Justine, Jean-Lou (2012). "Raphidascaris (Ichthyascaris) etelidis n. sp. (Nematoda, Anisakidae), a new ascaridoid nematode from lutjanid fishes off New Caledonia". Zoosystema. 34 (1): 113–121. doi:10.5252/z2012n1a4. ISSN 1280-9551.
  6. ^ FIRMS Reports (2009) Crimson jobfish - Seychelles (Mahe Plateau) In: Fishery Resources Monitoring System (FIRMS): Status of stocks and resources 2010. FAO, Rome.