Species: Lethrinus lentjan
English Name: Pink Ear Emperor
Chinese Name: 扁裸頰鯛, 斑裸頰鯛, 擬黃尾裸頰鯛
The Pink Ear Emperor has a mouth that is slightly protractile with thick and fleshy lips. This fish is olive-green above and fades to a paler color below. The posterior margin of the opercle and sometimes the base of the pectoral fin is red. Can grow up to a length of 52 cm. Lives in sandy bottoms in coastal areas, deep lagoons and near coral reefs. Preys on crustaceans and mollusks. Highly commercialized for human consumption.
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- Carpenter, K.E. and G.R. Allen, 1989. FAO Species Catalogue. Vol. 9. Emperor fishes and large-eye breams of the world (family Lethrinidae). An annotated and illustrated catalogue of lethrinid species known to date. FAO Fish. Synop. 125(9):118 p. Rome: FAO.