Lethrinus obsoletus   (Forsskal,  1775) (Fish)
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Class: Actinopterygii

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Size: 30.0-60.0 cm TL (male/unsexed)

Weight: 610 gm

Color: The body is light tan or olive to brown, becoming lighter below. The centers of the scales are often lighter than the background color. The head, often, has several broad indistinct vertical and diagonal light and dark bands. Sometimes there are white spots below the eye. The posterior edge of the operculum is dark brown. An orange-yellow stripe is on the lower part of the side with two additional more faint orange-yellow stripes above and one below this stripe. The fins are whitish or tan, sometimes mottled.

Head 2.9-3.0 in standard length, 3.6-3.7 in total length. Depth of body 2.8-2.9 in standard length, 3.5-3.6 in total length. Eye diameter 3.8-4.1 in head, 1.6-2.1 in snout and 1.0-1.2 in slightly convex interorbital space. Dorsal profile of head moderately elevated. Depth of head less than its length. Maxillary reaching to below anterior nostril. Canines small, lateral teeth conical, posterior ones moderate molars. Third or fourth dorsal fin spine longest, 1.3 eye diameter, slightly shorter than longest dorsal ray. Third anal fin spine longer than second, slightly more than eye diameter and shorter than longest anal ray. Pectoral fin one eye diameter shorter than head. Ventral fin as long as snout and eye together.
Number of spines and rays in the dorsal fin: X, 9; number of spines and rays in the anal fin: III, 8; number of rays in the pectoral fin: ii, 11; number of spines and rays in the ventral fin: I, 5; number of scale rows along the lateral line: 48-49; number of horizontal scale rows usually counted from origin of the dorsal fin to the lateral line and from anal origin to the lateral line: 5 ½ +1+16.

Max. age reported: 14 years

Remarks: Values in above description denote proportions.

Synonym (s)
Lethrinus ramak Smith, 1986
Lethrinus cutambi Seale, 1910
(Junior synonym)
Lethrinus ramak (Forsskal, 1775)
(Junior synonym)
Sciaena obsoleta Forsskal, 1775
(Senior synonym)
Sciaena ramak Forsskal, 1775
(Junior synonym)
Sciaena ramak obsoleta Forsskal, 1775
Lethrinus ramak Day, 1878
Lethrinus obsoletus Smith, 1959

Common Name (s)
• Yellow Banded Pigface Bream (English)
• Orange Striped Emperor (English)
• Yellowstripe Emperor (English)
• Metti (Malayalam)
Economic Importance and Threats
Importance:  Commercial

Habitat:  Reef Associated
Trophic Level:  Secondary Consumer
Prey:  Mollusks, crustaceans, echinoderms


• Lakshadweep, Amini INDIA
• Lakshadweep, Kavaratti INDIA
• Red Sea
• Lakshadweep INDIA

Literature Source(s)
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  • Allen, GR and Mohammed, A (2003) Coral Reef Fishes of Indonesia Zoological Studies 42(1) 26299 Available at - Digital Information Resource Center, Pune.
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  • Jones, S and Kumaran, M (1980) Fishes of the Laccadive Archipelago The Nature Conservation and Aquatic Sciences Service, Trivandrum, Kerala 760 pp Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at - http://www.marinespecies.org
  • Jones, S. (1969) Catalogue of fishes from the Laccadive Archipelago in the reference collections of the Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute. Bulletin of Central Marine Research Institute CMFRI, Cochin 8 1-35 Available at - http://eprints.cmfri.org.in/569/1/Bulletin_8.pdf

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