8 photos - 5 species


These fish are rather inconspicuous. 

They all have a fairly pale sandy-grey base colour, which they can all change to a spotted pattern in seconds.

Gnathodentex aureolineatus

Goldspot seabream or Striped large-eye bream

Maximum length: 30 cm

Depth: 2 - 20 m

Travelling in large groups.

Photo 1 Johnny: Embudu Maldives

Lethrinus erythracanthus

Orange-spotted emperor, Orangefin emperor

or Yellow-spotted emperor

Maximum length: 50 cm

Depth: 10 - 120 m

A normally solitary reef species.

Photo 1 Johnny: Embudu Maldives

Lethrinus mahsena

Sky emperor, Mahsena emperor or Cutthroat emperor

Maximum length: 65 cm

Depth: 3 - 100 m

Bluish head with black cross bands.

Travels alone in lagoons, bays, outer reefs over sand or sea grass.

Eats echinoderms, crustaceans and fish.


Photos 1- 2 Johnny: Hurghada Egypt

Lethrinus nebulosus

Spangled emperor, Green snapper, Morwong, North-west snapper,

Sand bream, Sand snapper, Sixteen-pounder, Sharie, Sheri

or Yellow sweetlip

Maximum length: 80 cm

Depth: 2 - 50 m

Often in small groups over coral reefs, seagrass beds, rubble and sandy areas.

Photo 1 Johnny: Hurghada Egypt

Monotaxis grandoculis

Humpnose big-eye, Bigeye barenose, Bigeye emperor, Grand-eyed porgy fish, Humpnose sea-bream, Large-eye bream, Mu, 

or Roundtooth large-eye bream

Initial phase
Initial phase

Maximum length: 60 cm

Depth: 5 - 50 m

Often over sand patches.

While juveniles have brown and white stripes, adults are silver in colour.

Photo 1 Astrid: Hurghada Egypt 

Photos 2 - 3 Johnny: Hurghada Egypt