Animal Species:Dotted Sweetlips, Plectorhinchus picus (Cuvier, 1830)
The Dotted Sweetlips is white to grey with numerous small black spots on the upper half of the head and body. In Australia it is known from the Great Barrier Reef, Queensland to southern New South Wales.
Standard Common Name
Magpie Sweetlips, Painted Sweetlips, Spotted Sweetlips
The Dotted Sweetlips is white to grey with numerous small black spots on the upper half of the head and body. Juveniles are black above and white below. They have a white snout, a white saddle on the nape and another on the back below the middle of the dorsal fin.
The species grows to 50 cm in length.
It occurs in tropical and some temperate waters of the Indo-West and Central Pacific. In Australia it is known from the Great Barrier Reef, Queensland to southern New South Wales.
The map below shows the Australian distribution of the species based on public sightings and specimens in Australian Museums. Source: Atlas of Living Australia.
Distribution by collection data
The species is found on coral and rocky reefs.
- Allen, G.R. 1997. Marine Fishes of Tropical Australia and South-east Asia. Western Australian Museum. Pp. 292.
- Kuiter, R.H. 1996. Guide to Sea Fishes of Australia. New Holland. Pp. 433.
- Kuiter, R.H. 2000. Coastal Fishes of South-eastern Australia. Gary Allen. Pp. 437.
- 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
Tags Fishes, Ichthyology, Dotted Sweetlips, Plectorhinchus picus, Haemulidae, white, grey, dots/spots, black spots, Great Barrier Reef, Magpie Sweetlips, Painted Sweetlips, Spotted Sweetlips, 30 cm - 1 m, tropical water, temperate water, marine, coral reef, rocky reef,