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Emperor - Yellow tailed

Emperor - Yellow tailed
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Also known as:

Pacific yellowtail emperor

Reticulated emperor

Tricky snapper

Yellow morwong

Yellow-tailed emperor

Common Group Name:

Emperors

Family Name:

Lethrinidae

Genus Name:

Lethrinus

Species Name:

Lethrinus atkinsoni


Dispatch Method:

Beware of the sharp dorsal and anal spines of yellow tailed 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 is gray, tan or yellowish on the upper sides, and white ventrally. The head is brown; lips reddish; with a yellowish tail. The fins are yellowish, orange or reddish.
  • This species matures at 3-5 years old (23-30 cm long).
  • Maximum reported age 24 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 occurs in tropical coral reef areas throughout the Indo-Pacific region.
  • Juveniles inhabit seagrass beds and sandy areas of lagoons, while adults are commonly encountered near coral outcrops and along outer reef slopes.

Fish Size Common Length:

30-35 cm, maximum size around 50 cm and 3 kg.