Lethrinus miniatus

Trumpet emperor LHI
Characteristic features:

Body silvery, tan or yellowish, scale bases often black, 8 or 9 dark bars often along sidesl; pectoral-fin base red; a red streak often from operculum, passing beneath eye onto snout; 2 red spots above eye; fins mostly pale to reddish.


Up to 90 cm TL.


Western Pacific in tropical waters.


Found over sand and coral reefs, from 5 to 30 m depth. 


Feeds primarily on crustaceans, echinoderms, molluscs and fish. Usually forms small schools.

Indonesian fisheries:

Caught with handlines.

Similar species:

Lethrinus atkinsoni
Yellowtail emperor

Lethrinus atkinsoni

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

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