Animal Species:Oblique-banded Sweetlips, Plectorhinchus lineatus (Linnaeus, 1758)

The Oblique-banded Sweetlips is a colourful fish. It is silvery white with oblique black bands on the body. The species occurs in the eastern Indian Ocean and Western Pacific

Standard Common Name

Oblique-banded Sweetlips

Alternative Name/s

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

Identification

The Oblique-banded Sweetlips can be recognised by its colouration. It is silvery white with oblique black bands on the body. The median fins are yellow with black spots and the lips are yellow.

Size range

The species grows to 50 cm in length.

Distribution

This species occurs in the eastern Indian Ocean and Western Pacific. In Australia it is known from the offshore islands of north-western Western Australia and the northern Great Barrier Reef to southern Queensland.

The map below shows the Australian distribution of the species based on public sightings and specimens in Australian Museums.  Source: Atlas of Living Australia.

Plectorhinchus lineatus

Distribution by collection data

Ozcam map of Oblique-banded Sweetlips specimens in the Australian Museums.

What does this mean?

Habitat

It occurs in coral reef and inshore tropical areas

Classification

Species:
lineatus
Genus:
Plectorhinchus
Family:
Haemulidae
Order:
Perciformes
Class:
Actinopterygii
Subphylum:
Vertebrata
Phylum:
Chordata
Kingdom:
Animalia

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References

  1. Allen, G.R. 1997. Marine Fishes of Tropical Australia and South-east Asia. Western Australian Museum. Pp. 292.
  2. Allen, G.R. & R. Swainston. 1988. The Marine Fishes of Northwestern Australia. A Field Guide for Anglers and Divers. Western Australian Museum. Pp. 201.
  3. Hoese, D.F., Bray, D.J., Paxton, J.R. & G.R. Allen. 2006. Fishes. In Beesley, P.L. & A. Wells. (eds) Zoological Catalogue of Australia. Volume 35. ABRS & CSIRO Publishing: Australia. parts 1-3, pages 1-2178.
  4. Kuiter, R.H. 1996. Guide to Sea Fishes of Australia. New Holland. Pp. 433.
  5. Myers, R.F. 1999. Micronesian Reef Fishes. Coral Graphics. Pp. 330.
  6. Randall, J.E., Allen, G.R. & R.C. Steene. 1997. Fishes of the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea. Crawford House Press. Pp. 557.


Mark McGrouther , Collection Manager, Ichthyology
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