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
Green Snapper, Morwong, North-west Snapper, Sand Bream, Sand Snapper, Sixteen-pounders, Yellow Sweetlip
The Spangled Emperor is yellow to yellowish brown with blue markings on the head and sides of body. The cheeks lack scales.
The species grows to about 86 cm in length.
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.
Distribution by collection data
The species occurs on coral reefs, rocky reefs and sandy habitats in tropical and subtropical waters of the Indo-west Pacific.
According to Hutchins and Swainston (1986), the species has a 4 star (excellent) edibility rating.
- 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.
- Hutchins, B. & R. Swainston. 1986. Sea Fishes of Southern Australia. Complete Field Guide for Anglers and Divers. Swainston Publishing. Pp. 180.
- 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 , Senior Fellow
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,