Lethrinus erythropterus   Valenciennes,  1830 (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

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Size: Max length 50.0 cm TL male/unsexed; common length 30.0 cm TL male/unsexed

Color: The head and body is brown or rust red, becoming lighter ventrally. Sometimes there are two light bars on the peduncle. A broad white streak originates from the eye and ends at the tip of the snout. The lips and the base of the pectoral fin are red. The fins are reddish, often bright red or orange.

The caudal fin is only slightly forked with the tips rounded. The inner surface of the pectoral fin is densely scaled, the posterior angle of the operculum is fully scaled. Dorsal spines (total): 10-10; dorsal soft rays (total): 9-9; anal spines: 3; anal soft rays: 8.

Synonym (s)
Lethrinus hypselopterus Bleeker, 1873
(Junior synonym)
Lethrinus striatus Steindachner, 1866
(Junior synonym)

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats
Importance:  Commercial

Habitat:  Reef Associated
Prey:  Echinoderms, crustaceans, fish and molluscs


• Andaman and Nicobar Islands INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • Rao, DV; Devi, K and Rajan, PT (2000) An account of ichthyofauna of Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Bay of Bengal Occasional paper no 178 Records of the Zoological Survey of India ZSI, Calcutta 1-434 Available at - NCL, Pune
  • Allen, GR and Mohammed, A (2003) Coral Reef Fishes of Indonesia Zoological Studies 42(1) 26299 Available at - Digital Information Resource Center, Pune.
  • Froese, R and Pauly, D (2000) Fishbase 2000: Concepts, design and data sources ICLARM 344 pp Available at - http://www.fishbase.org
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at - http://www.marinespecies.org

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