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Family Lethrinidae

Apart from one species found in the eastern Atlantic off the coast of Africa all other members of this family are found in the Indo-Pacific. Fishbase lists 38 species in 5 genera. They are all carnivorous and primarily feed at night. Depending on species, they sometimes form large spawning aggregations. In several species they undergo a sex change from female to male. In most places they are considered an important food fish. Some species are capable of very rapid color change - the longfaced emperor below went from the mottled color to plain in less than a minute.

 

Gnathodentex aureolineatus Striped large-eye bream

Gnathodentex aureolineatus Striped large-eye bream, Fiji

Lethrinus obsoletus Orange-striped Emperor

Lethrinus obsoletus Orange-striped Emperor, Somosomo Strait, Taveuni

FISH 4519 Lethrinus obsoletus Orange-striped Emperor, Somosomo Strait, Taveuni.

Lethrinus obsoletus Orange-striped emperor

FISH 4168 Lethrinus obsoletus Orange-striped emperor, Somosomo Strait, Taveuni, Fiji.

Lethrinus obsoletus Orange-striped emperor with squirrelfish

FISH 4180 Lethrinus obsoletus Orange-striped emperor with squirrelfish, Somosomo Strait, Taveuni, Fiji.

Lethrinus obsoletus Orange-striped emperor Blotched phase Raja Ampat

FISH 0790 Lethrinus obsoletus Orange-striped emperor Blotched phase Raja Ampat.

Lethrinus olivaceus Longface emperor

Lethrinus olivaceus Longface emperor Kri Eco Raja Ampat

FISH 9186 Lethrinus olivaceus Longface emperor Kri Eco Raja Ampat.

Lethrinus olivaceus Longface emperor

FISH 9189 Lethrinus olivaceus Longface emperor, Kri Eco, Raja Ampat. This is the same fish as above photographed one minute later.

Monotaxis grandoculis Humpnose bigeye bream

Monotaxis grandoculis Humpnose bigeye bream, Kadavu, Fiji
Monotaxis grandoculis Humpnose bigeye bream, subadult, Kadavu, Fiji
Monotaxis grandoculis Humpnose bigeye bream Puerto Galera, Philippines

FISH 7864 Monotaxis grandoculis Humpnose bigeye bream Puerto Galera, Philippines.

 

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