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Some Could be Pet-Fish, Emperors and Breams Family Lethrinidae

By Bob Fenner

Gnathodentex aureolineatus, Maldives

 

Closely related to Snappers, Family Lutjanidae. These fishes have ten spines in their dorsal fin followed by 9 or 10 soft rays. Five genera: Gymnocranius (eight species), Lethrinus (28 species), Gnathodentax, Monotaxis and Wattsia with one each. 

Genus Gnathodentax

Gnathodentex aureolineatus (Lacepede 1802), the Striped Large-Eyed Bream. Indo-Pacific. To one foot in length in the wild. Feeds at night on crustaceans and the occasional small fish. Found in various parts of the reef, sometimes in aggregations of a hundred or so individuals. Specimens shown in Moorea, French Polynesia and the Cook Islands.
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Genus Lethrinus

Lethrinus elongatus Valenciennes 1830, the Smalltooth Emperor. Indo-West Pacific, including the Red Sea. This may actually be an image of the similar L. olivaceus as the picture was made in French Polynesia. Both to about two feet in length.

Lethrinus erythracanthus Valenciennes 1830, the Orange-Spotted Emperor. Indo-Pacific. To twenty eight inches in length. This fourteen inch adult in the Maldives.

Lethrinus erythropterus Valenciennes 1830, the Longfin Emperor. Indo-West Pacific; East Africa to PNG, Micronesia. To twenty eight inches in length. Here in S. Sulawesi. http://fishbase.sinica.edu.tw/Summary/speciesSummary.php?ID=1842&genusname=Lethrinus&speciesname=erythropterus

Lethrinus lentjan (Lacepede 1802), the Pink Ear Emperor. Indo-West Pacific' Red Sea to Tonga. To 52 cm. in length. This one in the S. Sulawesi. http://fishbase.sinica.edu.tw/Summary/speciesSummary.php?ID=1863&genusname=Lethrinus&speciesname=lentjan

Lethrinus miniatus (Forster in Bloch & Schneider 1801), the Sweetlip Emperor. Distinctive red coloring on pectoral fin bases and face. To three feet in length. A beauty and good food and game fish. This one off of Queensland, Australia. 

Lethrinus nebulosus (Forsskal 1775), the Spangled Emperor. Indo-West Pacific, including the Red Sea (where this picture was taken). To a maximum length of thirty four inches in the wild.

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Lethrinus obsoletus (Forsskal 1775), the Orange-Striped Emperor. Indo-Pacific, including the Red Sea. To two feet in length. This one off of Queensland, Australia. 

Lethrinus olivaceus Valenciennes 1830, the Long-faced Emperor. To a meter in length. Indo-West Pacific; Red Sea, East Africa to the Ryukyu Islands. Fiji and S. Sulawesi images. 

Genus Monotaxis

Monotaxis grandoculis (Forsskal 1775), the Humpnose Big-Eye Bream, Mu. Indo-Pacific, including the Red Sea and Hawai'i. To two feet, but a slow grower, and attractive when young to midsize. Below a two inch juvenile in the Cook Islands, a six inch sub-adult off Queensland, Australia, a ten inch specimen off of Kona, Hawai'i, and a one foot adult in the upper Red Sea.
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