Animal Species:Redthroat Emperor, Lethrinus miniatus (Forster, 1801)
The Redthroat Emperor has a red first dorsal fin. It occurs in tropical and some temperate waters of the western Pacific Ocean.
Standard Common Name
sweetlip emperor, lipper, redthroat, tricky snapper, trumpeter
The Redthroat Emperor is greyish with black scale centres. The first dorsal fin is red. The pectoral fin base and the area around the eye are red-orange. Dark bars are sometimes present on the sides of the body.
The species grows to 90 cm in length.
It occurs in the Western Pacific. In Australia it is known from the central coast of Western Australia and from Torres Strait, Queensland south 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.
It is found on coral reefs and some temperate waters.
- Allen, G.R. 1997. Marine Fishes of Tropical Australia and South-east Asia. Western Australian Museum. Pp. 292.
- Allen, G.R. & R. Swainston. 1988. The Marine Fishes of North-Western Australia. A Field Guide for Anglers and Divers. Western Australian Museum. Pp. 201.
- 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.
- 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