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Rusty Jobfish

Aphareus rutilans

(Image credit: John E. Randall)

The Rusty Jobfish is a large blueish-grey to mauve or red coloured fish found in reefs and rocky bottom areas down to 100m. Rusty Jobfish have an elongate body with a deeply forked or lunate tail and yellowish-red dorsal, pectoral and caudal fins. This fish is distinguished from A. furca by the red hue, deeper split in the tail fork, and by location, with A. rutilans found much deeper than A. furca and not often encountered by divers.

Length: to 110cm.


Adults are found in reefs and rocky bottom areas; depth 10-330m.

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Species names on the Redmap site are based on the Codes for Australian Aquatic Biota or CAAB (http://www.cmar.csiro.au/caab/). This is updated regularly and lists the approved common name, family, species name and more.

Redmap species descriptions were based, with permission, on the following resources:

Stuart-Smith et al. 2015; Reef Life Survey; Fishes of Australia; Russell et al. 2016; Australian Faunal Directory.

http://fishesofaustralia.net.au/home/species/1236; http://reeflifesurvey.com/species/aphareus-rutilans/; http://www.iucnredlist.org/details/194360/0

Number of sightings 2

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