Manyline Sweetlips, Plectorhinchus multivittatus (Macleay 1878)

Other Names: Manybanded Sweetlips, Many-lined Sweetlips

A Manyline Sweetlips, Plectorhinchus multivittatus, at the Murion Islands north of Exmouth, on Ningaloo Reef, Western Australia, April 2009, depth 14 m. Source: Erik Schlogl / License: CC By Attribution-NonCommercial

A sweetlips with wavy horizontal lines on face, dense yellow spots forming oblique wavy lines on the upper sides, a silvery abdomen with smaller yellow spots, and yellow fins. 

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Bray, D.J. 2018, Plectorhinchus multivittatus in Fishes of Australia, accessed 08 Dec 2023,

Manyline Sweetlips, Plectorhinchus multivittatus (Macleay 1878)

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Northern Australia, from about Kalbarri, Western Australia, to Mackay, Queensland. Elsewhere the species occurs in Taiwan.

Species Citation

Diagramma multivittatum Macleay 1878, Proc. Linn. Soc. N. S. W. 1 2(4): 349, pl. 7(2). Type locality: Port Darwin.


Bray, D.J. 2018


Australian Faunal Directory

Manyline Sweetlips, Plectorhinchus multivittatus (Macleay 1878)


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Macleay, W.J. 1878. The fishes of Port Darwin. Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales 1 2(4): 344-367 pls 7-10 See ref at BHL

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Quick Facts

CAAB Code:37350018

Depth:2-50 m

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:50 cm TL

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