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Yellow-spotted emperor

  • Photo of a Yellow-spotted emperor
    Photo of a Yellow-spotted emperor
  • Photo of a juvenile Yellow-spotted emperor
    Photo of a juvenile Yellow-spotted emperor
Scientific name

Lethrinus erythracanthus

Description
  • golden spots scattered over the body
  • smaller adults have yellow-orange spots on cheeks
  • distinctive bright orange tail
  • blue spots on anal and dorsal fins
Family name

Lethrinidae (emperors)

Family description
  • large eyes for feeding at night
  • distinct scales and strong spines on their fins
  • bottom-feeding carnivores
  • highly valued food fish
  • includes all species of the genera Lethrinus
  • representative species of lethrinus have been illustrated in this guide but there are more species you can catch
  • the grass emperor or grass sweetlip Lethrinus laticaudis is not considered a coral reef fish under the fishery plan. The grass emperor is, however, a regulated tidal species under the Fisheries Regulation 1995. Please check current rules and regulations for specific size and in-possession limits
Size and possession limits
  • minimum size 25 cm
  • combined possession limit of 5 for all emperors
  • in addition, a total possession limit of 20 applies for all Coral Reef Fin Fish

Additional information