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Also known as:

Pink ear emperor

Pink-eared emperor

Purple-eared emperor

Red spot emperor

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Species Name:

Lethrinus lentjan

Dispatch Method:

Beware of the sharp dorsal and anal spines of redspot emperor when handling them. To maximise their eating qualities they should be killed humanely by iki jime or a firm knock to the head before placing them in an ice slurry after bleeding.

Fish Description:

  • Body olive-green above, pale below, with yellowish pectoral fins and a prominent red blotch at the rear edge of the operculum.
  • They mature first as females at around 28-30 cm long.
  • This is a slow growing long lived species, with 45-50 cm fish being aged to 19 years old.

Fish Distribution:

  • This species is widely distibuted throughout the tropical and subtropical parts of the Indo-West Pacific region, from the Red Sea , throughout SE Asia and east to Tonga.
  • Juveniles less than about 20 cm long frequent shallow inshore waters near seagrass beds and rubble patches.
  • As they grow and mature they leave these nursery areas and move into deeper waters.

Fish Size Common Length:

20-30 cm, maximum size around 52 cm.