Tag: Longfin Emperor (Lethrinus Erythropterus)

The Longfin Emperor (Lethrinus Erythropterus) is a reasonably difficult fish to photograph due to its wariness when approached.

It is most commonly seen around the shallower inshore reef areas, although it can occasionally be found in the deeper offshore sites such as Sail Rock.

Although this species appears to be uncommon in local waters, this may be a result of its timid nature rather than actual rarity.

At a distance, this species appears dull in comparison with some of the other fish within its habitat, however, on closer inspection it is actually quite attractively coloured.

It is a fairly easy species to identify with its rusty red/brown base colouration and double, pale, vertical bands on the caudal peduncle (the area just before the tail).

It has a red line from the eye to the snout, a red marking on the pectoral fin and on closer inspection, it is possible to see the yellowish markings on the face.

The Longfin Emperor (Lethrinus Erythropterus) is a reasonably difficult fish to photograph due to its wariness when approached.

It is most commonly seen around the shallower inshore reef areas, although it can occasionally be found in the deeper offshore sites such as Sail Rock.

Although this species appears to be uncommon in local waters, this may be a result of its timid nature rather than actual rarity.

At a distance, this species appears dull in comparison with some of the other fish within its habitat, however, on closer inspection it is actually quite attractively coloured.

It is a fairly easy species to identify with its rusty red/brown base colouration and double, pale, vertical bands on the caudal peduncle (the area just before the tail).

It has a red line from the eye to the snout, a red marking on the pectoral fin and on closer inspection, it is possible to see the yellowish markings on the face.

Alan's picture
Longfin Emperor (Lethrinus Erythropterus) 1

This usually timid Longfin Emperor (Lethrinus Erythropterus) came just close enough to get a reasonable photo.
All of the distinguishing features of this species can be clearly seen in this photo ie:

Rusty/brown overall colour
Double white bars on the caudal peduncle
Red line from the eye to the snout
Red marking at the base of the pectoral fin
Yellowish markings around the face area