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Lethrinus erythropterus  Valenciennes, 1830

Longfin emperor
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Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Perciformes (Perch-likes) > Lethrinidae (Emperors or scavengers) > Lethrininae
Etymology: Lethrinus: Greek, lethrinia, a fish pertaining to genus Pagellus.   More on author: Valenciennes.

Environment / Climate / Range Ecology

Marine; reef-associated; non-migratory; depth range 2 - 25 m (Ref. 9710).   Tropical, preferred ?; 25°N - 26°S, 32°E - 173°W

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Indo-West Pacific: Tanzania and Mozambique to Papua New Guinea, Palau, and Caroline Islands. Recently reported from the Penghu Islands (Ref. 55073).

Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 50.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 2295); common length : 30.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 2295)

Short description Morphology | Morphometrics

Dorsal spines (total): 10; Dorsal soft rays (total): 9; Anal spines: 3; Anal soft rays: 8. The caudal fin is only slightly forked with the tips rounded. The inner surface of the pectoral fin is densely scaled; the posterior angle of the operculum is fully scaled. The head and body is brown or rust red, becoming lighter ventrally. Sometimes there are two light bars on the peduncle. A broad white streak originates from the eye and ends at the tip of the snout. The lips and the base of the pectoral fin are red. The fins are reddish, often bright red or orange.

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

Occurs over coral reefs and adjacent sandy areas. May be solitary or in small groups. Feeds on echinoderms, mollusks, crustaceans, and small fish. Also caught with handlines (Ref. 9775). Marketed fresh (Ref. 9775).

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Main reference Upload your references | References | Coordinator | Collaborators

Carpenter, K.E. and G.R. Allen, 1989. FAO Species Catalogue. Vol. 9. Emperor fishes and large-eye breams of the world (family Lethrinidae). An annotated and illustrated catalogue of lethrinid species known to date. FAO Fish. Synop. 125(9):118 p. Rome: FAO. (Ref. 2295)

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 115185)

CITES (Ref. 94142)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans

  Harmless




Human uses

Fisheries: minor commercial
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