Oblique-banded Sweetlips, Plectorhinchus lineatus (Linnaeus 1758)

Other Names: Diagonal-banded Sweetlips, Goldman's Sweetlips, Lined Blubber-lips, Lined Sweetlips, Many-lined Sweetlips

An Oblique-banded Sweetlips, Plectorhinchus lineatus, at Lizard Island, Great Barrier Reef, Queensland. Source: Graham Edgar / Reef Life Survey. License: CC by Attribution

A pale grey sweetlips fading to white below, with yellowish lips, diagonal black stripes on the upper sides (sometimes broken up into spots), yellow dorsal, anal and caudal fins with black spots, and yellow pectoral and pelvic fins with a red anterior blotch.
Juveniles and subadult fish have black horizontal stripes along the body that become increasingly diagonal with growth.

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Oblique-banded Sweetlips, Plectorhinchus lineatus (Linnaeus 1758)

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Known in Australian waters from Scott Reef, WA (14°03'S), Ashmore Reef, Timor Sea (12°15'S) and from the northern Great Barrier Reef south to the Capricorn Group, QLD, and to the Gold Coast Seaway in southern Queensland. Found elsewhere in the tropical east-Indo-west Pacific.

Inhabits coastal and seawards reefs and lagoons to a depth of 35 m. Generally nocturnal - small groups are often seen resting out in the open during the day.


Meristic features: Dorsal fin XII-XIII, 18-20; Anal fin III, 7-8; Pectoral fin 16-18; Gill rakers 7-9 + 18-21; Lateral line scales 53-58.
Body depth (adult) 2.6-2.9 in SL; caudal fin of adults truncate, rounded in juveniles.


Nocturnal carnivore - preys on benthic invertebrates on open sand flats and seagrass beds.

Species Citation

Perca lineata Linnaeus, 1758, Systema Naturae 1: 293. Type locality unknown.


Dianne J. Bray

Oblique-banded Sweetlips, Plectorhinchus lineatus (Linnaeus 1758)


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CAAB Code:37350022

Depth:1-35 m

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:72 cm TL

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