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Red emperor

  • Photo of a red emperor
    Young adult red emperor (Photo: JE Randall)
  • Photo of a red emperor
    Adult red emperor underwater (Photo: Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority)
Scientific name

Lutjanus sebae

  • juveniles and young adults have broad dark red bands which converge at a point beyond the top of the spiny dorsal fin
  • bars fade with age and fish become pink-red all over
  • dark edges with fine white margin may still be visible on dorsal, anal and top and bottom of tail fins
  • each scale carries a white dot
Family name

Lutjanidae (tropical snappers and seaperches)

Family description
  • most tropical snappers and seaperches are easy to identify by their adult colouration
  • most have strong spinous dorsal fins and a more-or-less continuous dorsal fin which may be slightly notched between the spinous and soft parts
  • they are carnivores and typically feed at night
  • some species are known ciguatoxin carriers
  • mangrove jack (Lutjanus argentimaculatus) and large scale seaperch (fingermark) (Lutjanus johnii) are not considered coral reef fish under the fishery plan
  • jobfishes are a subset of this family and include all species of the genera Aphareus, Aprion, Etelis, Parapristipomoides and Pristipomoides
  • representative species have been illustrated in this guide but there are more species you may catch. Please check current rules and regulations for specific size and in-possession limits
Size and possession limits
  • minimum size 55 cm
  • possession limit of 5
  • in addition, total possession limit of 20 for all Coral Reef Fin Fish

Further information