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Spangled emperor

Lethrinus nebulosus

(Image credit: Ben Rome)

Tan, bronze or yellowish brown in colour with the upper portion bearing light blue markings on the scales. These markings roughly join together to form an irregular spot pattern. The face is pointed and has no scales. Most individuals have blue lines running along the head, down towards the mouth and through the eye. Fins are semi-transparent with a white or bluish tinge. Juveniles vary in colour. Blue markings on scales and face are still present.

Length: Up to 90 cm


Rocky and coral reefs, usually over adjacent sandy areas; 10-75 m depth

Log it

In New South Wales, log if spotted in Port Stephens and south
In Western Australia, log it if spotted south of Rottnest Island

Related links/info

Species names on the Redmap site are based on the Codes for Australian Aquatic Biota or CAAB (http://www.cmar.csiro.au/caab/). This is updated regularly and lists the approved common name, family, species name and more.

Find further information and images at FISHES OF AUSTRALIA http://www.fishesofaustralia.net.au/

Allen,G. R (2009) " Field Guide to Marine Fishes of Tropical Australia and South-East Asia". Fourth Edition.Western Australian Museum. Perth. Western Australia

Andrewartha,B & Tuma, D. (2007) "Fil-o-fish Australia: Recreational and commercial fish handbook" Balnarring. Victoria. Australia

Number of sightings 25

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