Animal Species:Spangled Emperor, Lethrinus nebulosus (Forsskål, 1775)

The Spangled Emperor is yellow to yellowish brown with blue markings on the head and sides of body. The species occurs on coral reefs, rocky reefs and sandy habitats.

Standard Common Name

Spangled Emperor

Alternative Name/s

Green Snapper, Morwong, North-west Snapper, Sand Bream, Sand Snapper, Sixteen-pounders, Yellow Sweetlip

Identification

The Spangled Emperor is yellow to yellowish brown with blue markings on the head and sides of body. The cheeks lack scales.

Size range

The species grows to about 86 cm in length.

Distribution

In Australia it is known from south-western Western Australia, around the tropical north of the country and south on the east coast to the central coast of New South Wales.

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

Lethrinus nebulosus

Distribution by collection data

Ozcam map of Spangled Emperor specimens in the Australian Museum.

What does this mean?

Habitat

The species occurs on coral reefs, rocky reefs and sandy habitats in tropical and subtropical waters of the Indo-west Pacific.

Economic/social impacts

According to Hutchins and Swainston (1986), the species has a 4 star (excellent) edibility rating.

Classification

Species:
nebulosus
Genus:
Lethrinus
Family:
Lethrinidae
Order:
Perciformes
Class:
Actinopterygii
Subphylum:
Vertebrata
Phylum:
Chordata
Kingdom:
Animalia

What does this mean?

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. Hutchins, B. & R. Swainston. 1986. Sea Fishes of Southern Australia. Complete Field Guide for Anglers and Divers. Swainston Publishing. Pp. 180.
  3. 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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Tags Fishes, Ichthyology, Spangled Emperor, Lethrinus nebulosus, Lethrinidae, yellow, blue markings, Green Snapper, Morwong, North-west Snapper, Sand Bream, Sand Snapper, Sixteen-pounders, Yellow Sweetlip, 30 cm - 1 m, coral reef, sandy habitat, Indo-west Pacific,