Lethrinus lentjan

Redspot Emperor | Pink-eared Emperor
Lethrinus lentjan
Lethrinus lentjan, QLD, Australia, Photo: Graham Edgar
Lethrinus lentjan
Lethrinus lentjan, Northern Great Barrier Reef, QLD, Photo: Andrew Green
Lethrinus lentjan
Lethrinus lentjan, adult, Coral Sea, Australia, Photo: Ian Shaw
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Lethrinus lentjan
Lethrinus lentjan
Lethrinus lentjan


Tropical Indo-Pacific


Grey body with red tinge, light blue scales aligned in rows, small red patch on rear edge of gill cover which also has an orangish margin and sometimes base of pectoral fin is red. Red markings distinguish it from very similar L. nebolusus (Spangled Emperor).


Max Size: 52 cm

Sea Temperature Range: 22.8-31.6°C

Depth: 10-90 m

Habitat Generalization Index: 0.64

Also referred to as the SGI (Species Generalisation Index), this describes the habitat niche breadth of the species. Species with values less than 15 are found in a relatively narrow range of reef habitat types (specialists), while those over 25 may be found on most hard substrates within their range (generalists). Learn more here.

Conservation and Rarity

IUCN Status: Not Evaluated

Occurrence: Infrequent (3.5% of sites)

Occurrence describes how often the species is found on surveys within its distribution. It is calculated as the % of reef sites surveyed by RLS divers across all the ecoregions in which the species has been observed

Abundance: Several (7 per transect)

Abundance is calculated as the average number of individuals recorded per RLS transect, where present.

Edit by: RD Stuart-Smith, GJ Edgar, AJ Green, IV Shaw. 2015. Tropical Marine Fishes of Australia. Reed New Holland