Lethrinus mahsenoides [Status Unaccepted]   Valenciennes  1830 (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

Image copyrights: Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, Sultanate of Oman

Size: 40 cm TL

Color: The fish is green-yellow overall, becoming lighter below. The head is greenish to yellowish brown with some red blotches and sometimes white spots on the face. The margins of the dorsal, anal, and caudal fins are reddish. The pectoral and pelvic fins are hyaline to whitish.

It is a fairly compressed lethrinid and its body depth is much greater than the head length. The eyes are large and located high on the head. The snout profile is steep with the area near the orbits convex and that between the anterior nostril and snout tip concave. The fins include a continuous dorsal fin with 10 spines and 9 soft rays, an anal fin with 3 spines and 8 soft rays and a forked caudal fin. The 3rd to 5th caudal fins are the longest.

Synonym (s)
Lethrinus borbonicus Valenciennes, 1830
Lethrinus insulindicus Bleeker, 1873
Lethrinus mahsenoides Valenciennes, 1830

Common Name (s)
• Saburbir Emperor (English)
• Yellowbrow Emperor (English)
• Bluestreak Emperor (English)
Economic Importance and Threats
Importance:  Commercial

Habitat:  Benthic, Reef Associated, Rocky, Sandy, Coastal
Trophic Level:  Consumer
Prey:  Crustaceans, echinoderms, molluscs


• South Coast INDIA
• Gulf of Oman
• Persian Gulf
• Tamil Nadu, Kilakarai INDIA (Record: 1984)
• Tamil Nadu INDIA
• Kerala INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • Toor, HS (1971) Taxonomic position of Lethrinus mahsenoides Valenciennes and Lethrinus sanguineus Smith Research Bulletin of the Panjab University Science 22(3-4) 375-378 Available at - NCL, Pune
  • AlGhais, SM (1997) Species variation and some properties of renal glutathione S-transferase of fish from Arabian Gulf Bulletin of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology 59(6) 976-983
  • Torao, S (1978) A synopsis of the Sparoid fish genus Lethrinus, with the description of a new species University of Tokyo Press 25569 Available at - CMFRI, Kochi
  • Al-Abdessalaam, TZS (1995) Marine species of the Sultanate of Oman p 412 Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Talwar, PK and Kacker, RK (1984) Commercial sea fishes of India ZSI, Calcutta 997 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
  • James, PSBR; Lazarius, S and Arumugam, G (1994) The present status of 'Major Perch' fisheries in India Perch fisheries in India Bulletin Of Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute CMFRI, Cochin 47 1-9 Available at - http://eprints.cmfri.org.in/8218/1/Bulletin_No_47.pdf

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