Lethrinus microdon

Smalltooth Emperor LEN
Characteristic features:

Greyish brown with dark blotches on sides, 3 dark bars radiating from front of eye.


Up to 70 cm TL.


Indo–West Pacific, in tropical waters.


Near coral reefs, from 10 to 80 m depth.


Feeds primarily on fishes, crustaceans, cephalopods and polycheates.

Indonesian fisheries:

Caught with handlines, traps, gillnets and trawls.

Similar species:

Lethrinus amboinensis
Ambon emperor

Lethrinus amboinensis

Lethrinus amboinensis differs in having 3 dark streaks radiating forward from eye not usually present (vs. dark streaks radiating from eye usually present); inner surface of pectoral-fin base usually red (vs. never red).

Lethrinus olivaceus
Longface emperor

Lethrinus olivaceous

Lethrinus olivaceus differs in having longitudinal scale rows between lateral line and base of middle dorsal-fin spines 5½ (vs. 4½).

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