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Family Lutjanidae

HAWAII

Aphareus rutilans

SILVERJAW SNAPPER or RUSTY JOBFISH     lehi     O'oguchi-ishichibiki

Uncommon along deep ledges from 350 to 600 feet especially around Maui and the island of Hawai‘i.  Strays rarely seen at scuba depths.  Dull brick red and silver below, tail deeply forked, large mouth with a distinctive square chin.  Feeds upon fish and crustaceans.  An excellent food fish with fine white flesh and member of the Deep Seven.  Attains 3 feet and 32 pounds.  Hawai‘i and the Indo-Pacific.