I.44718-003 - Plectorhinchus chrysotaenia Click to enlarge image
Plectorhinchus chrysotaenia UG 248 (AMS) Image: Jay Cossey
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Fast Facts

  • Classification
    Species
    chrysotaenia
    Genus
    Plectorhinchus
    Family
    Haemulidae
    Order
    Perciformes
    Class
    Actinopterygii
    Subphylum
    Vertebrata
    Phylum
    Chordata
    Kingdom
    Animalia
  • Size Range
    The species grows to at least 40 cm in length with larger individuals reported by divers.

Introduction

Goldlined Sweetlips can be recognised by its blue-grey colour, and narrow yellow stripes on the head and body.

Identification

The Goldlined Sweetlips can be recognised by its blue-grey colour, and narrow yellow stripes on the head and body. The fins are bright yellow and the belly and chin are white.

Habitat

The species is often seen in aggregations during the day, down to a depth of 25 m.

Distribution

Goldlined Sweetlips occur from the southern Japan, south to the northern Great Barrier Reef, Australia and east to New Caledonia. Sightings of this species in more southern Queensland waters have yet to be confirmed by the collection of specimens.

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



References

  1. Allen, G.R. 1997. Marine Fishes of Tropical Australia and South-east Asia. Western Australian Museum. Pp. 292.
  2. 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.
  3. Kuiter, R.H. 1996. Guide to Sea Fishes of Australia. New Holland. Pp. 433.
  4. Myers, R.F. 1999. Micronesian Reef Fishes. A Comprehensive Guide to the Coral Reef Fishes of Micronesia. Coral Graphics. Pp. 330.
  5. Randall, J.E., Allen, G.R. & R.C. Steene. 1997. Fishes of the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea. Crawford House Press. Pp. 557.