Lethrinus lentjan   (Lacepede,  1802) (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Taxonomy
Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order:Perciformes
Family:Lethrinidae

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Description
Size: Maximum 52 cm; common to 40 cm.

Weight: 500 gm.

Color: Head is brownish mauve-purple. A bright red spot occurs on the opercle margin with another on the outer pectoral fin base. Body olive-green above, becoming paler below; each scale on back sometimes with white center. The pectoral fin is white, yellow or pinkish, the pelvic and anal fins are white to orange; the dorsal fin is white and orange mottled with a reddish margin; the caudal fin is mottled orange or reddish.

Mouth is slightly protractile, lips thick and fleshy. The inner base of the pectoral fin is either with few scales or naked. Interorbital space moderately convex. Snout straight or nearly so, no hump to the head, the snout profile forming an angle of 58°-66° with maxilla 55°-65° with chin and 101°-108° with a line drawn from upper edge of pectoral fin base through centre of the eye. Maxilla reaching opposite anterior or posterior nostril, a little short in young; distance between the 2 posterior nostrils small 4.1 to 4.7 times in head. Posterolateral teeth in jaws include distinct molars in adult, anterior teeth caniniform. Fourth dorsal fin spine longest; 4th dorsal fin ray 2.7 to 3.1 times in head length. Six scale rows between lateral line and median dorsal fin spines. Inner surface of pectoral fin base scaleless or with only a few scales. Dorsal spines (total): 10-10; dorsal soft rays (total): 9-9; anal spines: 3; anal soft rays: 8.

Protogynous with external fertilization.


Synonym (s)
Bodianus lentjan Lacepede, 1802
Lethrinus flavescens Smith, 1959
Lethrinus geniguttatus Valenciennes, 1830
Lethrinus leutjanus Valenciennes, 1830
Lethrinus nebulosus Akazaki, 1962
Lethrinus opercularis Bleeker, 1850
Letherinus lentjanus (Lacepede, 1802)
(Misspelling)
Letherinus leutjanus (Lacepede, 1802)
(Misspelling)
Pentapodus nubilis Cantor, 1849
Lethrinus virescens Valenciennes, 1830
Lethrinus opercularis Valenciennes, 1830
Lethrinus nubilis (Cantor, 1849)
Lethrinus mahsenoides Valenciennes, 1830
Lethrinus glyphodon Gunther, 1859
Lethrinus fusciceps Macleay, 1878
Lethrinus flavescens Valenciennes, 1830
Lethrinus croceopterus Valenciennes, 1830
Lethrinus cocosensis Bleeker, 1854
Lethrinus cinereus Valenciennes, 1830
Lethrinus argenteus Valenciennes, 1830

Common Name (s)
• Pink Ear Emperor (English)
• Redspot Emperor (English)
• Redfin Emperor (English)
Economic Importance and Threats
Importance:  Commercial
(Fisheries, marketed fresh or frozen)

Ecology
Habitat:  Reef Associated, Demersal, Estuarine, Sandy, Coastal
Trophic Level:  Consumer
Prey:  Benthic crustaceans, molluscs, worms and fishes

Biogeography


• MYANMAR
• Gulf of Oman
• Persian Gulf
• Palk Bay INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Gulf of Mannar INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Great Nicobar Island INDIA (Record: 08/2000-07/2003)
• Tamil Nadu, Kudankulam INDIA
• Gujarat INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands INDIA
• Kerala INDIA
• INDIA

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