Lutjanus sebae

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Lutjanus sebae
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Not evaluated (IUCN 3.1)
Scientific classification
L. sebae
Binomial name
Lutjanus sebae
(G. Cuvier, 1816)
  • Diacope sebae G. Cuvier, 1816
  • Diacope siamensis Valenciennes, 1830
  • Diacope civis Valenciennes, 1831
  • Genyoroge regia De Vis, 1884

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.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.[1] It also known as the government bream in Australasia. Juveniles often shelter amongst sea urchin spines until large enough to venture out to feed.[2]

In Singapore, it is used for the iconic dish, fishhead curry.

Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range

Marine; brackish; reef-associated; depth range 5 - 180 m (Ref. 6390).   Tropical; 34°N - 36°S, 34°E - 159°E (Ref. 55)


  1. ^ Froese, Rainer and Pauly, Daniel, eds. (2013). "Lutjanus sebae" in FishBase. December 2013 version.
  2. ^ Dianne J. Bray, 2011, Red Emperor, Lutjanus sebae, in Fishes of Australia, accessed 07 Oct 2014,
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