Not evaluated (IUCN 3.1)
(G. Cuvier, 1816)
Lutjanus sebae, the emperor red snapper, is a species of snapper native to the Indian Ocean and the western Pacific Ocean. This species is an inhabitant of both rocky and coral reefs, preferring flat areas with either a sandy or gravel substrate. They can be found at depths from 5 to 180 m (16 to 591 ft). This species can reach a length of 116 centimetres (46 in), though most do not exceed 60 cm (24 in). The greatest recorded weight for this species is 32.7 kg (72 lb). This species is commercially important and is also farmed. It is sought as a game fish and is found in the aquarium trade. It also known as the government bream in Australasia. Juveniles often shelter amongst sea urchin spines until large enough to venture out to feed.
In Singapore, it is used for the iconic dish, fishhead curry.
- Froese, Rainer and Pauly, Daniel, eds. (2013). "Lutjanus sebae" in FishBase. December 2013 version.
- Dianne J. Bray, 2011, Red Emperor, Lutjanus sebae, in Fishes of Australia, accessed 07 Oct 2014, http://www.fishesofaustralia.net.au/home/species/56
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