Aphareus furca

Smalltooth Jobfish | Blue Smalltooth Jobfish | Fork-tailed Snapper Fish | Olive Smalltooth Jobfish
Aphareus furca
Aphareus furca, Osprey Reef, Coral Sea, Photo: Graham Edgar
Aphareus furca
Aphareus furca, Maldives, Photo: Rick Stuart-Smith
Aphareus furca
Aphareus furca, Boot Reef, Coral Sea, Photo: Andrew Green
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Aphareus furca
Aphareus furca
Aphareus furca

Similar Species


Tropical Eastern Pacific, Tropical Indo-Pacific


Silver body with dark vertical bars at front and back of operculum, dark upper lip, deeply forked tail, red eye, and often yellowish hue to fins. A solitary hunter along the edges of coral reefs. Another similar jobfish, A. rutilans has reddish hue and deeper split in tail fork, but is found much deeper, tending not to be encountered by divers.


Max Size: 70 cm

Sea Temperature Range: 23.1-30.7°C

Depth: 1-122m

Habitat Generalization Index: 16.59

Also referred to as the SGI (Species Generalisation Index), this describes the habitat niche breadth of the species. Species with values less than 15 are found in a relatively narrow range of reef habitat types (specialists), while those over 25 may be found on most hard substrates within their range (generalists). Learn more here.

Conservation and Rarity

IUCN Status: Not Evaluated

Occurrence: Frequent (16.8% of sites)

Occurrence describes how often the species is found on surveys within its distribution. It is calculated as the % of reef sites surveyed by RLS divers across all the ecoregions in which the species has been observed

Abundance: Few (2 per transect)

Abundance is calculated as the average number of individuals recorded per RLS transect, where present.

Edit by: RD Stuart-Smith, GJ Edgar, AJ Green, IV Shaw. 2015. Tropical Marine Fishes of Australia. Reed New Holland