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Also known as:


Red-throated emperor


Sweetlip emperor

Tricky snapper

Trumpet emperor


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Species Name:

Lethrinus miniatus

Dispatch Method:

Beware of the sharp dorsal and anal spines of red throat 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:

  • Brownish mottled body with pink/deep red on the inside of the mouth and dorsal fin.
  • At night their colour fades to a more uniform light silver.
  • This species is a protogynous hermaphrodite which matures first as a female at 3-4 years old (30-35 cm long) before changing to males.
  • There appears to be no particular size or age when the sex change to male occurs. Females older than 20 years (50 cm long, 3 kg) have been recorded.
  • 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 near coral reefs on sand and rubble patches throughout the western Pacific including northern Australia south to the central coast of New South Wales.
  • Juveniles can be found in inshore areas such as estuaries and mangroves where they are associated with seagrass or hard bottom.

Fish Size Common Length:

35-60 cm, maximum size 90 cm and 9.5 kg.