Also known as Grunts, Painted Sweetlips, Painted Thicklip, Slatey Sweetlip and Slatey Bream.
Found singly or in small groups on sandy bottoms of lagoons and coastal reefs.
Juvenile's solitary, they swim with a strange side to side motion and are found in sandy areas amongst debris and rocky outcrops.
They feed on fish and benthic crustaceans.
Length - 95cm
Depth - 5-40m
Widespread Indo-West Pacific
Sweetlips are usually found either singly or in groups hovering over the reef during the day. They are nocturnal predators feeding on fish and benthic crustaceans.
In some areas sweetlips are known as "Grunts" because they "grunt", the grunting sound is produced by their flat teeth plates rubbing together and this is amplified by their air bladders.
Sweetlips can be distinguished from other species by their very large rubbery lips.