The crimson jobfish also locally known as khopra, are species of snapper family native to the Indian and Pacific Oceans from the African coast to the Hawaiian Islands. It’s a highly seasonal fish in the Arabian sea and is not often available in Pakistan throughout the year.
Crimson Jobfish – Khopra are identical to snapper but with a slightly elongated and compressed body. These beautiful-looking fish are not very common in the local market and are usually exported to the rest of the world.
Since jobfish are loosely related to snappers and breams, so it should be no surprise that this fish tastes excellent! Their firm, flaky fish tastes much like a cross between red snapper and sea bream.
English Name: Crimson Jobfish, jobfish
Local Name: Khopra
Scientific Name: Pristipomoides filamentosus
Crimson jobfish is a sea fish that lives in Rocky bottoms from 90 m to 360 m.
Crimson jobfish is mainly caught using Gillnets.
Crimson jobfish has scales on the body. The Length of the upper jaw is approx. 2.4–2.7 times in head length. The caniniform teeth at the anterior ends of jaws are not appreciably enlarged. The maxilla is without scales. The vomerine teeth (on the roof of the mouth) are in a triangular patch. The tongue is toothless. The interorbital space is flat and caudal fins are deeply forked. It has no scales on the dorsal and anal fins.
Back and sides are ranging from brownish to lavender or reddish-purple, head with narrow yellow lines and blue spots, dorsal and caudal fins light blue or lavender with reddish-orange margins.
On average, Crimson Jobfish size range is 300 to 1000 grams per fish. However, other sizes are also occasionally available.
Crimson Jobfish is preferred for any type of cutting.
Approx. Cutting Yields
Headless and Gutted: 68%
Crimson Jobfish is preferred for grilling, bbq, and deep frying.
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