Lethrinus nebulosus

Spangled emperor LHN
Characteristic features:

Yellowish with pale bluish spots on the center of many scales, 3 blue lines between eye and mouth.


Up to 80 cm TL.


Indo–West Pacific in tropical waters.


Shallow coastal habitats and coral reefs, to 75 m depth.


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

Indonesian fisheries:

Caught with handlines, traps, trawls, seines and gillnets.

Similar species:

Lethrinus laticaudis
Grass emperor

Lethrinus laticaudis

Lethrinus laticaudis and L. nebulosus both have blue lines on the head, but L. laticaudis differs in having short blue lines radiating from the eye (vs. 3 long blue lines extending from eye to mouth) and by having melanophores absent from large portions of membranes between inner rays of pelvic fins (vs. melanophores covering most of pelvic-fin membranes, including innermost rays).

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