Also known as Indian Ocean Oriental Sweetlips, Oriental Blubberlips, Oriental Dogfish, Oriental Grunt, Oriental Sweetlip, Oriental Thicklip, Sweetlips, Yellow-banded Sweetlips.
Found singly or in schools, during the day close to caves and ledges, dispersing at night hunting for food, over coral reefs and inshore rocky reefs, rich in coral growth.
They feed on benthic crustaceans, fish, and invertebrates.
Juveniles found singly close to shelter, over clear water, shallow protected lagoons.
Length - 70cm
Depth - 2-30m
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/Plectorhinchus-vittatus.html