Plectorhinchus chrysotaenia

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Plectorhinchus chrysotaenia
Plectorhinchus chrysotaenia, adult, Lizard Island, QLD, Australia, Photo: Graham Edgar
Plectorhinchus chrysotaenia
Plectorhinchus chrysotaenia, adult, Raja Ampat, Indonesia, Photo: Andrew Green
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Plectorhinchus chrysotaenia
Plectorhinchus chrysotaenia


Tropical Indo-Pacific


Light silver-blue reflective body with narrow yellow stripes from snout to tail often with broken and spotted lines in between, and bright yellow fins. Yellow lines narrower than in young P. flavomaculatus (Goldspotted Sweetlips) and less dense and spotted than in P. multivittatus (Manyline Sweetlips), the latter found in northern and western Australia.


Max Size: 41 cm

Sea Temperature Range: 24.1-30.4°C

Depth: 4-70m

Habitat Generalization Index: 2.29

Also referred to as the SGI (Species Generalisation Index), this describes the habitat niche breadth of the species. Species with values less than 15 are found in a relatively narrow range of reef habitat types (specialists), while those over 25 may be found on most hard substrates within their range (generalists). Learn more here.

Conservation and Rarity

IUCN Status: Not Evaluated

Occurrence: Infrequent (5.3% of sites)

Occurrence describes how often the species is found on surveys within its distribution. It is calculated as the % of reef sites surveyed by RLS divers across all the ecoregions in which the species has been observed

Abundance: Few (2 per transect)

Abundance is calculated as the average number of individuals recorded per RLS transect, where present.

Edit by: RD Stuart-Smith, GJ Edgar, AJ Green, IV Shaw. 2015. Tropical Marine Fishes of Australia. Reed New Holland