The Sombre Sweetlips is grey, silver or brownish above and silver to pale grey below. The species is known in the tropical Indo-west Pacific.
The species occurs on coral and rocky reefs in coastal waters.
The species is known in the tropical Indo-west Pacific. In Australia it is known from off north-western Western Australia and from northern Queensland to northern 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.
Ozcam map of Sombre Sweetlips specimens in the Australian Museums. http://ozcam.ala.org.au/occurrences/search?q=Plectorhinchus%20schotaf&zoom=off#mapView
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