Harlequin sweetlips

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Harlequin sweetlips
Plectorhinchus chaetodonoides.JPG
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Perciformes
Family: Haemulidae
Genus: Plectorhinchus
Species:
P. chaetodonoides
Binomial name
Plectorhinchus chaetodonoides
Synonyms
  • Gaterin chaetodonoides (Lacépède, 1801)

Plectorhinchus chaetodonoides, the harlequin sweetlips, is a species of grunt native to the Indian Ocean and the western Pacific Ocean. It is a denizen of coral reefs found at depths of from 1 to 30 m (3.3 to 98.4 ft). It can reach 72 cm (28 in) in TL. The heaviest known individual weighed 7 kg (15 lb). This species is of minor importance to local commercial fisheries and can be found in the aquarium trade.[1]

Juvenile harlequin sweetlips mimic the movement of poisonous flatworms.

Juveniles are brown with large white blotches and mimic the movement of a poisonous flatworm for defence against predators. They gain more spots and the spots reverse from white to black as they age.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Froese, Rainer and Pauly, Daniel, eds. (2013). "Plectorhinchus chaetodonoides" in FishBase. August 2013 version.