Sombre Sweetlips, Plectorhinchus schotaf (Forsskål, 1775)
Arabian Sweetlips, Grey Sweetlips, Minstrel Sweetlips, Somber Blubber-lips
The species looks similar to the Brown Sweetlips but can be distinguished by differences in the number of dorsal fin spines (12, rarely 13 in P. schotaf vs. 14, rarely 13) and dorsal fin rays (18–21 vs. 15–17).
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 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.
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.
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- 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.
- 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.