Ribboned sweetlips

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Ribboned sweetlips
Plectorhinchus polytaenia.jpg
Ribboned sweetlips in the Philippines
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Perciformes
Family: Haemulidae
Genus: Plectorhinchus
P. polytaenia
Binomial name
Plectorhinchus polytaenia
(Bleeker, 1853)
  • Diagramma polytaenia Bleeker, 1853

Plectorhinchus polytaenia, the ribboned sweetlips, is a species of grunt native to the Indian Ocean and the western Pacific Ocean, where they can be found on coral reefs at depths from 5 to 40 m (16 to 131 ft). This species can reach 50 cm (20 in) in TL. It is important commercially as a food fish.[1]

Juveniles have black stripes and live alone on rubble slopes in deep water. As they age, the black is reduced to an outline, and the stripes become more yellow; increasing stripes develop with age.[2] Their bright colors help them blend into the coral in which they live. These fish feed on crabs, shrimps, sea snails, and worms.


  1. ^ Froese, Rainer and Pauly, Daniel, eds. (2013). "Plectorhinchus polytaenia" in FishBase. August 2013 version.
  2. ^ Debelius, Helmut (2001) Asia Pacific Reef Guide ISBN 3-925919-56-2