Physical Description

Diagnostic Description

Description

Distribution: Tropical waters of the Indo-Pacific (only Lethrinus atlanticus occurs in the Atlantic, off West Africa). Lethrinids are bottom-feeding, carnivorous, coastal fishes, ranging primarily on or near reefs. Lethrinids can be solitary or schooling and do not appear to be territorial. They often form large aggregations while spawning. Protogynous hermaphroditism (sex reversal from female to male) has been demonstrated in several species of Lethrinus. Dorsal fin with 10 spines and 9-10 soft rays. Three spines in anal fin; soft rays 8-10. Accessory subpelvic keel absent. Subocular shelf small. All but the smallest emperors are esteemed food fishes, although an iodoform odor is attributed to individuals of some species when cooked.
  • MASDEA (1997).
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Statistics of barcoding coverage

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Specimen Records:629Public Records:133
Specimens with Sequences:540Public Species:26
Specimens with Barcodes:538Public BINs:36
Species:49         
Species With Barcodes:47         
          
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Locations of barcode samples

Collection Sites: world map showing specimen collection locations for Lethrinidae

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Lethrinidae

The Lethrinidae are a family of fishes in the order Perciformes commonly known as emperors, emperor breams, and pigface breams. These fish are found in tropical waters of the Pacific and Indian Oceans, and Lethrinus atlanticus is also found in the eastern Atlantic. They are benthic feeders, consuming invertebrates and small fishes. Some species have molariform teeth which they use to eat shelled invertebrates, such as mollusks and crabs.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Froese, Rainer, and Daniel Pauly, eds. (2013). "Lethrinidae" in FishBase. December 2013 version.
  • Carpenter, K. E. and G. R. Allen (Hrsg.): Emperor fishes and large-eye breams of the world (Family Lethrinidae). An annotated and illustrated catalogue of lethrinid species known to date. FAO Species Catalogue Vol.9., Rom 1989. (Download)
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