Lethrinus atkinsoni

Yellowtail emperor LTT
Characteristic features:

Pale brown with upper half often yellowish, upper maxilla reddish, pectoral fins red and edges of pelvic dorsal, anal and caudal fins often reddish.


Up to 40 cm TL.


West Pacific, in tropical waters.


Sand, coral reefs and seagrass beds, to 30 m depth.


Feeds primarily on crustaceans, molluscs and fishes. Found in solitary and in schools.

Indonesian fisheries:

Caught by trawl, handline, shore seine and gill net.

Similar species:

Lethrinus obsoletus
Orangestriped Emperor

Lethrinus obsoletus

Lethrinus obsoletus differs in having longitudinal scale rows between lateral line and base of fifth dorsal-fin spine 5½ (vs. 4½).

Lethrinus miniatus
Trumpet emperor

Lethrinus miniatus

Lethrinus miniatus differs in having a bright red spot on outer base of pectoral fins (vs. no red spot on outer base of pectoral fins, but axil may appear slightly reddish); a longer snout (vs. shorter); snout angle relative to upper jaw sloping (vs. steep) and pelvic-fin membranes between rays closest to body usually with dense melanophores (vs. without).

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