Lethrinus erythracanthus

Yellowfin emperor LXE
Characteristic features:

Body brownish, head darker brown with faint orange spots, fins orange to reddish.


Up to 70 cm TL.


Indo–West Pacific, in tropical waters.


Sand and reef bottoms, from 15 to 120 m depth.


Feeds primarily on echinoderms, crustaceans and molluscs.

Indonesian fisheries:

Caught by handline, vertical longline, trawls and traps.

Similar species:

Lethrinus erythropterus
Longfin emperor

Lethrinus erythropterus

Lethrinus erythropterus differs in having lateral teeth in adults with distinct molars (vs. conical or rounded); membranes between inner rays of pelvic fins not densely populated with melanophores (vs. usually densely populated); 2 light bars on caudal peduncle often visible (vs. no markings on caudal peduncle) and no spots on cheek (vs. small orange spots on cheek).

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