Spangled Emperor


The Spangled Emperor, also known as Lethrinus ‌nebulosus, belongs ‍to the family‌ Lethrinidae. This tropical reef dweller⁢ is renowned among fishing enthusiasts and seafood gourmets ‌alike for its delectable‌ taste and distinctive spangled markings.

Conservation Status

Currently, the Spangled Emperor isn’t recognized as endangered or threatened ⁣on any‌ major conservation lists. However, ⁣due to its popularity as a food and game​ fish,‌ it’s ‍subject to ⁤significant fishing pressure, which poses an ongoing threat to its population stability. As a response to this threat, size and bag ‍limits have been imposed in many regions where this species is found, and fishing guidances have been established by‌ industry ⁤regulators.


Dimensions Average Range
Length 60 cm 40 – ‍120 cm
Weight 3 kg 0.5 – 15 kg

Typically, the Spangled Emperor lives up to⁤ 10 – 20 ⁢years, depending on its habitat and predation pressures it encounters.


Widespread throughout the Indo-Pacific region, the Spangled Emperor is commonly found in tropical and subtropical waters from East Africa to Japan, Australia, and French Polynesia.‍ There are⁤ no significant migration patterns observed for this species.


Spangled Emperors adapt well to‌ diverse ⁢habitats. They thrive in coastal bays, lagoons, and coral reefs. They ⁣typically occupy depths ranging from 1 – 60 meters ⁢and can withstand a broad ‍range of temperatures and ⁣salinity levels.

When and Where ⁢to See

The species‌ is more active during daylight hours. They tend to reside near⁤ coastal areas or coral reefs⁤ investing their time in⁣ exploring‌ food⁢ items.

Best Fishing ‍Locations

Here are some ⁣of the best fishing ⁣locations for Spangled Emperor:

  • Great​ Barrier Reef, Australia
  • Rottnest Island, Western Australia
  • Abrolhos Islands, Western Australia
  • Coral ⁣Bay, Western Australia
  • Exmouth ⁤Gulf,‍ Western Australia
  • Fiji Islands
  • Maldives
  • Mauritius
  • Seychelles
  • Red Sea, Sudan

How to Catch

Spangled Emperors respond‌ well to both live bait and lures. Prawns,⁣ squid and pilchards are ⁢often successful ⁢baits. Techniques like bottom fishing ⁤and hand line fishing are commonly used‌ to catch this⁢ species.

Identification⁤ Guide

Spangled Emperor is ‍characterized by its silver-grey body, which is abundantly spangled with blue spots. It showcases ‌a yellowish hue towards the belly‍ and the base of the pectoral fin. In juveniles, the margins of ⁤the dorsal, anal and caudal ⁤fins are blue, which fades into white as they mature.


Spangled Emperor is considered ‍a choice table fish. The​ flesh is white, ⁤firm, and sweet in taste. It can be cooked in a variety of ways, including grilling,⁣ baking, and frying. Not only a crowd pleaser, the Spangled Emperor is ‍also high in protein, omega-3⁢ fatty acids and B vitamins.

Additional Information

The Spangled Emperor is omnivorous, feeding on a variety of sea vegetation and small marine animals. It’s also known to ⁣display a mating⁢ ritual where males change ⁤color⁢ to attract⁢ females. Sharks‌ and⁣ larger predatory⁢ fish are‍ common natural threats to⁢ the Spangled Emperor, while⁣ overfishing poses a human-induced threat.

References ​and Further Reading

There⁢ is a wealth​ of information available for ⁢those interested in the ⁣Spangled Emperor. Recommended readings include books and papers on marine biology, fishing‍ guides, and cookbooks ‌focusing on⁣ seafood.