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The red emperor fish is also called the King snapper and the Government bream. This fish lives in the coral reefs around Australia, such as the Great Barrier Reef.

When these fish are young they have three dark bands  around their body. When they are fully matured the bands fade away and are replaced with light pink or almost white bands. Red emperor fish have a moderate forked tail.

When fully grown it can weigh up to 21kg. They are good eating fish. Prawns, squid and octopus bait can be used to catch these fish. 

The scientific name for the Red emperor is; 'lutjanus sebae'.

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