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Emperor - Spangled

Emperor - Spangled
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Also known as:

North-west snapper

Nor-west snapper

Sand bream

Sand snapper

Sixteen-pounders

Yellow sweetlip

Yellow sweet-lip

Common Group Name:

Emperors

Family Name:

Lethrinidae

Genus Name:

Lethrinus

Species Name:

Lethrinus nebulosus


Dispatch Method:

Beware of the sharp dorsal and anal spines of spangled 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:

  • Colouration varies from mottled yellow-gold with bright blue streaks running down the head for fish caught during the day, to a pale yellow-white colour for fish caught at night.
  • This species matures between 4 and 8 years old (30-45 cm long).
  • Maximum age estimates for the species range up to 25 years.
  • A large number of similar looking emperors occur in Australian waters. All are closely related and have similar brain locations.

Fish Distribution:

  • This species is found throughout the Indo-Pacific region, including around most of Australias coastline north of Sydney and Perth.
  • Adult spangled emperor inhabit coastal and offshore reefs, where they are particularly common over coral rubble and sandy areas in coral reef lagoons.
  • Juveniles can be found both in these places and also in inshore mangrove and seagrass nursery areas.

Fish Size Common Length:

30-60 cm, maximum size around 90 cm and 10 kg.