Oriental Sweetlips, Plectorhinchus vittatus (Linnaeus 1758)

Other Names: Oriental Blubber-lips

An Oriental Sweetlips, Plectorhinchus vittatus, at Matamanoa, Fiji. Source: Paddy Ryan / http://www.ryanphotographic.com/. License: All rights reserved

A pale greyish sweetlips fading to white below with alternating black and white stripes (black stripes usually wider above), yellow fins, snout and forehead, and blackish spots on the dorsal, anal and caudal fins. Subadults have broad stripes on the head, body and fins. Juveniles have a yellow head, irregular broad black stripes on head and body.

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Oriental Sweetlips, Plectorhinchus vittatus (Linnaeus 1758)

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Carnarvon (24°52'S) to Rosemary Island (20°29'S) and Rowley Shoals (17°30'S), WA, also Ashmore Reef, Timor Sea and Christmas Island. Elsewhere the species is widespread in the tropical, Indo-west-central Pacific. Often solitary or seen resting in small groups on coastal reefs, lagoons and seawards reefs during the day. 


Meristic features: Dorsal fin XII-XIII, 17-19; Anal fin III, 7-8; Pectoral fin 17-18; Gill rakers 9-11 + 19-24; Lateral line scales 57-65.
Body depth (adult) 2.6-2.9 in SL; caudal fin of adults truncate, rounded in juveniles.


Nocturnal carnivore.

Species Citation

Perca vittata Linnaeus, 1758, Systema Naturae  1: 291. No locality.


Dianne J. Bray

Oriental Sweetlips, Plectorhinchus vittatus (Linnaeus 1758)


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CAAB Code:37350015

Depth:2-25 m

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:60 cm TL

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