Black Sweetlips (Plectorhinchus sordidus)

Also known as Grey Grunt, Marmite, Redlip Rubberlip, Sordid Rubberlip, Sordid Sweetlip, Sordid Thicklip, Sweetlips

Description

Also known as Grey Grunt, Marmite, Redlip Rubberlip, Sordid Rubberlip, Sordid Sweetlip, Sordid Thicklip, Sweetlips.

Found singly or in small schools during the day close to sheltered weedy areas dispersing at night to forage for food over coral and rocky reefs.
They feed nocturnally on benthic crustaceans.
Length - 60cm
Depth - 2-25m
Widespread Western Indian Ocean

In some areas of the world 'Grunts' are better known as 'Sweetlips' distinguished from other species by their very large rubbery lips.
'Grunts'because they "grunt," the grunting sound is produced by their flat teeth plates rubbing together and this is amplified by their air bladders.
Found either singly or in schools hovering or motionless over the reef during the day, becoming nocturnal predators. Ref: https://www.fishbase.de/summary/7626

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