Also known as Black-and-White Sweetlips, Black Picus Dogfish, Black Picus Sweetlips, Black-spotted Sweetlips, Dogface Sweetlips, Dotted Sweetlip, Magpie Sweetlips, Maple Sweetlips, Oriental Sweetlips, Painted Sweetlip, Painted Sweetlips, Spotted Clown Sweetlips, Spotted Sweetlips, Spotted Thicklip, Sweetlips.
Found singly during the day close to caves or coral formations, dispersing at night out hunting for food over lagoons and seaward reefs.
They feed on benthic crustaceans and molluscs.
Juveniles over shallow lagoons.
Length - 85cm
Depth - 3-50m
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.se/summary/Plectorhinchus-picus