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Pink ear emperor
Lethrinus lentjan

Family Lethrinidae
updated Oct 2019
Where seen? This large fish that looks like it has a bleeding wound near the gills is sometimes seen on some of our shores, near seagrasses.

Features: To about 50cm, those seen on the intertidal about 15cm. Like other members of the Family Lethrinidae, it has large scales in a 'distinctive pattern' -- a kind of diamond pattern. There is a red margin around its gill covers and a red mark at the base of the pectoral fins.

It is said that adults are found in deeper waters, but younger fishes hang about in loose groups in mangroves and among seagrasses.

What does it eat? It eats mainly crustaceans and snails and clams, but also eats considerable quantities of echinoderms, worms and fishes.

Human uses: It is valued as seafood.

Tanah Merah, Jun 11

Sentosa, Jul 05

Diamond pattern of scales.

Red margin on the gills.

Pink ear emperors on Singapore shores
On wildsingapore flickr

Other sightings on Singapore shores

East Coast Park, Aug 18
Photo shared by Loh Kok Sheng on facebook.

Labrador, Nov 18
Photo shared by Richard Kuah on facebook.

St John's Island, Apr 16
Photo shared by Loh Kok Sheng on his blog.

  • Allen, Gerry, 2000. Marine Fishes of South-East Asia: A Field Guide for Anglers and Divers. Periplus Editions. 292 pp.
  • Kuiter, Rudie H. 2002. Guide to Sea Fishes of Australia: A Comprehensive Reference for Divers & Fishermen New Holland Publishers. 434pp.
  • Lieske, Ewald and Robert Myers. 2001. Coral Reef Fishes of the World Periplus Editions. 400pp.
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