Gold-spotted Sweetlips (Plectorhinchus flavomaculatus)

Also known as Blubberlip, Goldspot Blubberlip, Goldspot Sweetlip Bream, Lemon Sweetlip, Lemonfish, Morwong, Netted Morwong, Netted Sweetlips, Rubberlip, Sweetlips, Yellow-spotted Sweetlips, Yellow-spotted Thicklip

Description

Also known as Blubberlip, Goldspot Blubberlip, Goldspot Sweetlip Bream, Lemon Sweetlip, Lemonfish, Morwong, Netted Morwong, Netted Sweetlips, Rubberlip, Sweetlips, Yellow-spotted Sweetlips, Yellow-spotted Thicklip.

Found singly or in schools during the day over sandbanks, seagrass beds and weedy areas, dispersing at night to feed over sheltered murky lagoons and reefs.
They feed on crustaceans and small fish.
Juveniles found in shallow estuaries and harbours.
Length - 60cm
Depth - 1-25m
Widespread Indo-West Pacific

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/7625

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