Spotted Sweetlips, Plectorhinchus chaetodonoides Lacépède 1801

Other Names: Harlequin Sweetlips, Many-spotted Sweetlips, Spotted Blubber-lips

A Spotted Sweetlips, Plectorhinchus chaetodonoides, at Matamanoa, Fiji. Source: Paddy Ryan / License: All rights reserved


Adults covered in brown spots with a whitish belly, while the juveniles are easily recognised by their large white spots on a brown background. Immature fish have a combination of large white spots and smaller dark spots.

A series of juvenile Spotted (Harlequin) Sweetlips at Panagsama, Moalboal, Philippines.

Video of a juvenile Spotted (Harlequin) Sweetlips possibly mimicking a poisonous flatworm.

Cite this page as:
Dianne J. Bray, Plectorhinchus chaetodonoides in Fishes of Australia, accessed 02 Feb 2023,

Quick Facts

CAAB Code:37350014

Depth:2-30 m

Fishing:Aquarium fish (juvs)

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:50 cm TL

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