Redaxil emperor
  • Lethrinus conchyliatus
  • EnglishName: Redaxil emperor
  • Local Name : Thun raiy filolhu
  • Size : Common to 50 cm; max. 76 cm
  • Family: LETHRINIDAE
  • Order : Perciformes
  • Distinctive Characters: Dorsal fin with 10 spines and 9 rays. Anal fin with 3 spines and 8 rays. Pectoral fin with 13 rays. Body depth 3.2-3.4 in standard length. Body elongate. Eye placed well below the dorsal profile. Snout long and thin, with a distinct hump before eyes. Interorbital space prominently convex. Lips fleshy, not following profile of snout but instead curving outward from the snout.
  • Colour: Body and head brownish or grey, lighter ventrally. Lips, base and patch above base of pectoral fin and edge of operculum red. Fins orangish, dusky or mottled.
  • Habitat and Biology: Inhabits deeper coastal waters down to depths of 220 m. Feeds primarily on fish and crustaceans.
  • Distribution: Indian Ocean.
  • Remarks: Lethrinus conchyliatus resembles the adult form of L. variegates in general appearance. But L. conchyliatus is much larger in size and has distinctive red marks on edge of opercle, and on pectoral base. In the Maldives this species is mainly caught by handlines during the day.