Scientific name

Lethrinus nebulosus

Locally known as


IUCN status

Least concern.


A common catch for fishermen, this yellow-coloured species – which has blue markings all over its body – can frequently be found near rocky reefs swimming in large schools.

Key threats

Over fishing and polluted waters.

Where they're found today

todayGlobally, Shaari is spread across ast Africa to the southern parts of Japan, as well as around Australia, the Red Sea and Arabian Gulf. The species inhabits coral reefs, rocky reefs and sandy habitats.

Abu Dhabi’s efforts

The shaari is an over-exploited species in the UAE. In recognition of this, EAD, with its partner the UAE Ministry of Climate Change and Environment has implemented management measures to enable the species to return to sustainable levels. These include the gargoor ban, a ban on fishing during spawning season for the past 4 years, and a minimum size for catch.

Fun facts

1. They have large eyes for feeding at night.
2. The species is referred to by many names around the world, including spangled emperor, north-west snapper, and yellow sweetlip.
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