Lethrinus semicinctus   Valenciennes,  1830 (Fish)
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Class: Actinopterygii

Image copyrights: Randall, J.E.

Size: Maximum 31 cm; common to 29 cm.

Color: Body olive to greenish grey, to silver white below, with 7 or 8 diffuse vertical crossbars forming a reticulated pattern; these reticulations vary from a dark network to a few smudges. Usually a dark irregular blotch present below lateral line of site tip of pectoral fin. Fins pinkish-scarlet, the dorsal with brighter margins; bases of pectoral, pelvic and anal fins splashed with red.

Body depth slightly less than length. Interorbital space convex; snout profile convex over eyes, straight to slightly concave between eye and snout, forming an angle of 55° to 62° with maxilla, 54° to 60° with chin; hind tip of maxilla reaching to vertical between anterior and posterior nostril; distance between anterior and posterior nostrils large, 10.3 to 13.8 times in head length. Third to 5th dorsal fin spines longest; 4th spine 2.7 to 3.1 times in head length. Posterolateral teeth conical, never molariform; anterior teeth caniniform. Five scale rows between lateral line and median dorsal fin spines; inner surface of pectoral fin base scaleless.

Synonym (s)
Lethrinus moensii Bleeker, 1855

Common Name (s)
• Reticulated Emperor (English)
Economic Importance and Threats
Importance:  Commercial
(Marketed fresh)

Habitat:  Reef Associated
Prey:  Finfishes, benthic invertebrates


• South Coast INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • Fischer, W and Bianchi, G (Eds.) (1984) FAO species identification sheets for fishery purposes. Western Indian Ocean (Fishing Area 51) FAO, Rome 2 Available at - http://www.fao.org/docrep/009/ad468e/ad468e00.HTM#Contents
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at - http://www.marinespecies.org
  • Froese, R and Pauly, D (2000) Fishbase 2000: Concepts, design and data sources ICLARM 344 pp Available at - http://www.fishbase.org

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