<i>Plectorhinchus schotaf</i> Click to enlarge image
Sombre Sweetlips, Plectorhinchus schotaf Image: Australian National Fish Collection, CSIRO
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Fast Facts

  • Classification
    Species
    schotaf
    Genus
    Plectorhinchus
    Family
    Haemulidae
    Order
    Perciformes
    Class
    Actinopterygii
    Subphylum
    Vertebrata
    Phylum
    Chordata
    Kingdom
    Animalia
  • Size Range
    The Sombre Sweetlips grows to about 90 cm in length but is more commonly seen at lengths up to 40 cm.

Introduction

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.

Identification

The Sombre Sweetlips is grey, silver or brownish above and silver to pale grey below. The opercular membrane is red to orangish. The mouth, tongue and pectoral fin bases are red.

Habitat

The species occurs on coral and rocky reefs in coastal waters.

Distribution

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.



References

  1. Allen, G.R. & R. Swainston. 1988. The Marine Fishes of North-Western Australia. A Field Guide for Anglers and Divers. Western Australian Museum. Pp. 201.
  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. McKay, R.J. 2001. Haemulidae . in Carpenter, K.E. & V.H. Niem (Eds). FAO Species Identification Guide for Fishery Purposes. The Living Marine Resources of the Western Central Pacific. Volume 5. Bony fishes part 3 (Menidae to Pomacentridae). FAO, Rome. Pp. iii-iv, 2791-3379.