- Redthroat Emperor, also known as the Sweetlip Emperor are a schooling fish commonly found in smaller groups. Juveniles can be found inshore in both brackish and marine waters. Adults are commonly found over coral reefs.
- They are a popular sports fish but have on occasion been known for ciguatoxin (fish poisoning).
- Adults generally stay near or over coral reefs during the day and then move over sandy areas at night to forage for food.
- Redthroat Emperor are carnivores, feeding on smaller fish, molluscs and crustaceans, with crabs and sea urchins being its favourite.
- Estimated lifespan is around 22 years with the fish maturing between 3 & 4 years of age.
- They are hermaphrodites, changing sex from female to male as they get older.
- The main predators of the Redthroat Emperor include sharks and larger predatory fish.
Commercial & Recreational Fishing
Redthroat Emperors are a popularly targeted fish by anglers as they have a strong fight and are a great table fish. As the Redthroat Emperor is a good eating fish, it does have economic relevance and is commercially fished.
Species: Lethrinus miniatus
Based on the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)Redthroat Emperor are categorised as “Data Deficient” as there is not enough information on the species for proper assessment.
However, as its a fast growing species there are limited concerns of over fishing.
Fish Taste Quality
Redthroat Emperor are a good table fish. Often served whole or as fillets.
Taste Rating: 4/5
How to catch
Catch Difficulty: Intermediate
Tackle: Patternoster Rig, Running Sinker Rig, Artificial Rig
Bait: Crab, Fresh cut flesh baits, Herring, Lures, Octopus, Pilchards, Prawns, Squid, Soft plastics
Technique: Keep bait close to the reef/structure, Cast lures close to structure
Popularity: Highly Targeted