Lethrinus obsoletus

Orangestriped Emperor LWO
Characteristic features:

Body pale brownish with faint dark bars, orange stripe on lower sides.


Up to 50 cm TL.


Indo–West Pacific, in tropical waters.


Shallow coastal habitats and coral reefs, to 30 m depth.


Feeds on crustaceans, molluscs and echinoderms.

Indonesian fisheries:

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

Similar species:

Lethrinus atkinsoni
Yellowtail emperor

Lethrinus atkinsoni

Lethrinus atkinsoni differs in having longitudinal scale rows between lateral line and base of fifth dorsal-fin spine 4½ (vs. 5½)

Lethrinus ornatus
Ornate emperor

Lethrinus ornatus

Lethrinus ornatus differs in having maxilla smooth, sometimes with a longitudinal ridge (vs. with a distinct knob); dorsal profile steep (vs. sloping) and posterior edge of opercle and preopercle bright red (vs. posterior edge of operculum dark brown).

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