Animal Species:Red Emperor, Lutjanus sebae (Cuvier, 1816)

Standard Common Name

Red Emperor

Alternative Name/s

Emperor Red Snapper, Government Bream, King Snapper, Queenfish, Red Kelp

Identification

The Red Emperor can be recognised by its distinctive colour pattern. It is red to pinkish above and pale below. There are three broad purple to red bands, the first through the eye.  The banded colouration may be less evident in large adults.

Size range

It grows to about 60 cm in length.

Distribution

The species occurs in tropical marine waters from the Western Indian to Western Pacific regions.

The map below shows the Australian distribution of the species based on public sightings and specimens in Australian Museums. Click on the map for detailed information.  Source: Atlas of Living Australia.

Lutjanus sebae

Classification

Species:
sebae
Genus:
Lutjanus
Family:
Lutjanidae
Order:
Perciformes
Class:
Actinopterygii
Subphylum:
Vertebrata
Phylum:
Chordata
Kingdom:
Animalia

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References

  1. Hoese, D.F., Bray, D.J., Paxton, J.R. & G.R. Allen. 2006. Fishes. In Beesley, P.L. & A. Wells. (eds) Zoological Catalogue of Australia. Volume 35. ABRS & CSIRO Publishing: Australia. parts 1-3, pages 1-2178.
  2. Randall, J.E., Allen, G.R. & R.C. Steene. 1997. Fishes of the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea. Crawford House Press. Pp. 557.


Mark McGrouther , Collection Manager, Ichthyology
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