Emperors Seabreams

Yellowfin Emperor - Juvenile

ID: Gray head, yellowish body with several narrow white stripes or broken lines on side. Solitary. Deep lagoons and outer reef slopes in 15 -120 m.

BLACKB10TCH EMPEROR Lethrinus semicwctus

SIZE: to 29 cm (12 in.) Emperors - Lethrinidae

ID: Slender body: reddish upper body gradating to gray below, may have yellowish head; short dusky band behind gill cover, can rapidly intensify or fade large dark mid-body blotch below 2nd dorsal fin. Solitary. Sandy reef flats and lagoons. Indo-Asian Pacific: Sri Lanka to Vanuatu - S.W. Japan, Palau and Marshall Is. in Micronesia to Great Bamer Reef.

SWEEUIP EMPEROR Lethrinus mmiatus

ID: Long pointed snout; gray, dark centers on scales of back, reddish brown upper head, lips often red: base of pectoral fins bright red; may display alternating light and dark bars. Solitary or form groups. Sand and rubble between reefs in 5 -35 m. Southwest Pacific: N Australia, Coral Sea and New Caledonia.

GRASS EMPEROR Lethrinus laticaudis

SIZE: to 56 cm (22 in.) Emperors - Lethrinidae

ID: Pale silvery gray; often marked with diffuse dark blotches and irregular bars, blue line markings radiate from lower edge of eye and pale blue spots on cheek. Solitary or form groups. Sandy areas near reefs in 5 -35 m. Asian Pacific: Lesser Sunda Is. in Indonesia. N. Australia, Papua New Guinea to Solomon Is.

YEUOWFIN EMPEROR Lethnnus erythracanthus

ID: Dark bluish head and dark gray body with yellow fins. Easily distinguished from most emperors by large size. Solitary. Deep lagoons and outer reef slopes in 15 -120 m. Indo - Pacific: E. Africa to Micronesia and Tuamotu Is. in French Polynesia. - S.W. Japan to Great Barrier Reef.

10NGSPINE EMPEROR Lethrinus genivittatus

SIZE: to 20 cm (8 in.) Emperors - Lethrinidae

ID: Silvery brown with brown bars, spots and mottling; second spine of dorsal fin longest (often much longer). Solitary. Grass beds, estuaries, mangroves and shallow areas of sand around coastal reefs.

Asian Pacific: S.W. Japan and Indonesia to New Caledonia (absent Great Barrier Reef).

AMBON EMPEROR Lethrinus amboniriensis

SIZE: to 57 cm (23 in.) Emperors - Lethrinidae

ID: Light to dark mottled and spotted greenish brown with silvery tints; snout from lip to eye slightly convex (most members of genus have a slightly concave snout). Solitary. Rubble and sand areas of lagoons and reefs. Pacific: S.W. Japan, Indonesia and Micronesia to Marquesas Is. in French Polynesia.

SIENOER EMPEROR Lethrinus variegatus

SIZE: to 20 cm (8 in.) Emperors - Lethrinidae

ID: Small elongate body: mottled shades of green to brown mixed with white; wide darkish mid-lateral stripe, pale spots on fins. Usually lorm groups. Seagrass beds and sandy areas near coral reefs to 15 m.

Indo-West Pacific: Red Sea and E. Africa to New Caledonia. - S.W. Japan, Micronesia to N.W. Australia and Great Bamer Reef.

YELLOWTAIL EMPEROR Lethrinus atkinsoni

SIZE: to 41 cm (16 in.) Emperors - Lethrinidae

ID: Silvery to silvery blue or olive-brown, yellow tail and base; diffuse yellow area may extend from pectoral fin to tail base, yellow around upper eye. Solitary. Outer reef slopes, sandy areas of lagoons and sea grass beds in 2-25 m. Pacific: Indonesia to Tuamotu Is. in French Polynesia. - S.W. Japan to Great Barrier Reef and Lord Howe I.

LONGEIN EMPEROR Lethrinus erythroptews

SIZE: to 50 cm (20 in.) Emperors - Lethrinidae

ID: Red to yellow-brown, often with faint bars; pair of pale to bright white bars on base of tail. Solitary or form small groups. Coastal reefs, lagoons and outer slopes in 2-25 m. Indo-Asian Pacific: E. Afnca to Philippines. Papua New Guinea. Solomon Is., Palau and Caroline Is. in Micronesia.

ORNATE EMPEROR Lethrinus omatus

SIZE: to 40 cm (16 in.) Emperors - Lethrinidae

ID: Silvery: red margin on cheek and gill cover, broad yellowish stripes on sides. Solitary or form small groups. Seagrass beds and sand and rubble areas of coastal reefs and lagoons to 30 m Indo-Asian Pacific: Sri Lanka to Papua New Guinea. - S.W. Japan to Great Barrier Reef

RIVER SEABREAM Acanthopagms berda

SIZE: to 50 cm (20 in.) Seabreams - Sparidae

ID: Silvery gray to black or olive brown with brassy reflections, lighter gray to whitish on belly and chin. Solitary or form groups. Coastal reefs and muddy estuaries, occasionally enter freshwater streams.

Indo - Asian Pacific: Red Sea and E Africa to Solomon Is. - S.W. Japan to Australia.

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