Lethrinus reticulatus Valenciennes, 1830
Red snout emperor
photo by Randall, J.E.

Family:  Lethrinidae (Emperors or scavengers), subfamily: Lethrininae
Max. size:  40 cm TL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  reef-associated; depth range 5 - 30 m, non-migratory
Distribution:  Indo-West Pacific: Chagos, West Thailand, Ryukyu Islands, the Philippines to Irian Jaya, Indonesia.
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 10-10; Dorsal soft rays (total): 9-9; Anal spines: 3-3; Anal soft rays: 8-8. Body color is olive gray or tan, often with scattered irregular black blotches. The head is brown or olive with an indistinct reddish band on the snout. The base of the pectoral fin, the upper edge of the operculum and sometimes the posterior edge of the preoperculum are red.
Biology:  Solitary or in groups (Ref. 90102). Thought to occur on soft bottoms near reefs and presumed to feed on benthic invertebrates and fish. Marketed fresh.
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 10 March 2015 Ref. (120744)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Luna, Susan M. - 10.11.90
Modified by: Olisa, Kristine Elaine Paz - 16.04.13
Checked by: Garilao, Cristina V. - 05.07.93

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