A tropical fish that inhabit coastal coral reefs, seagrass beds and sandy bottoms. Fish commonly caught are 20-35cm but can grow as large as 50cm.
Also known as the Pink Ear Emperor, the name is derived from the distinctive blood red colouration on the gill covers.
Emperor are a popular choice as their boneless fillets have a pleasing mild flavour and the firm flesh that is easy to handle. This versatile fillet can be cooked in a variety of ways. The firm flesh is suited to curries, casseroles and soups.