Gnathodentex aureolineatus (Lacep├Ęde, 1802)
Striped large-eye bream
Gnathodentex aureolineatus
photo by Patzner, R.

 Family:  Lethrinidae (Emperors or scavengers), subfamily: Monotaxinae
 Max. size:  30 cm TL (male/unsexed)
 Environment:  reef-associated; depth range 3 - 30 m, non-migratory
 Distribution:  Indo-Pacific: East Africa to the Tuamoto Islands (excluding the Hawaiian Islands), north to Japan, south to Australia. Recently reported from Norfolk Island (Ref. 8880).
 Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 10-10; Dorsal soft rays (total): 10-10; Anal spines: 3-3; Anal soft rays: 8-10. Description: Dorsal head profile moderately sloped; eye relatively large, its diameter about equal to length of snout. The cheeks are scaled; maxilla with a longitudinal reticulated ridge. The inner pectoral fin base are without scales. Back region is brown with narrow silvery stripes. The rest of the head and body mainly silver to gray except for 4 or 5 brownish-orange on lower 2/3 of side. There is a prominent golden yellow blotch directly below the posterior part of the dorsal fin just in front of the caudal peduncle (Ref. 2295). Body depth 2.3-2.8 in SL (Ref. 90102).
 Biology:  Inhabits subtidal reef flats, lagoons, and seaward reefs (Ref. 9710). May be solitary or in groups (Ref. 90102). Sometimes forms aggregations of about a hundred or more individuals. Feeds at night on benthic invertebrates like crabs and gastropods, occasionally on small fish. Usually marketed fresh.
 IUCN Red List Status:   (Ref. 96402)
 Threat to humans:  reports of ciguatera poisoning
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 Entered by: Luna, Susan M. - 10.11.90
 Modified by: Olisa, Kristine Elaine Paz - 12.04.13
 Checked by: Garilao, Cristina V. - 14.11.96

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