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Lethrinus obsoletus.jpg
Orange-striped emperor (Lethrinus obsoletus)
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Perciformes
Superfamily: Percoidea
Family: Lethrinidae
Bonaparte, 1831
Subfamilies and genera[1]

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 Ocean. 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.



  1. ^ Froese, Rainer, and Daniel Pauly, eds. (2020). "Lethrinidae" in FishBase. April 2020 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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