Lethrinus lentjan

Pinkear emperor LTS
Characteristic features:

Greyish green, scales on upper sides with white spots, edge of operculum and pectoral axil red.


Up to 50 cm TL.


Indo–West Pacific, in tropical waters.


Over sand and coral reefs, from 10 to 50 m depth.


Feeds primarily on crustaceans and molluscs, but also polycheates, echinoderms and fishes.

Indonesian fisheries:

Caught by handline, traps, trawls, beach seines, and gill nets.

Similar species:

Lethrinus ornatus
Ornate emperor

Lethrinus ornatus

Lethrinus ornatus differs in having 5 or 6 orange stripes on sides (vs. no orange stripes on sides); dorsal profile above eye convex (vs. nearly straight) and posterior edge of opercle and preopercle bright red (vs. dark brown).

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