Plectorhinchus flavomaculatus

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Plectorhinchus flavomaculatus
Plectorhinchus flavomaculatus, adult, Photo: Rick Stuart-Smith
Plectorhinchus flavomaculatus
Plectorhinchus flavomaculatus, juvenile, NSW, Australia, Photo: Ian Shaw
Plectorhinchus flavomaculatus
Plectorhinchus flavomaculatus, adult, Rottnest Island, WA, Photo: Antonia Cooper
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Plectorhinchus flavomaculatus
Plectorhinchus flavomaculatus
Plectorhinchus flavomaculatus


Temperate Africa, Temperate Australasia, Tropical Indo-Pacific


Blue body with dense covering of gold spots, which join to form wavy lines on face. Lacks dark upper edge on operculum of P. picus (Dotted Sweetlips) which also has darker, rusty coloured spots. Juveniles with broad gold lines along body and translucent yellow fins.


Max Size: 60 cm

Sea Temperature Range: 17.8-30.4°C

Depth: 1-30m

Habitat Generalization Index: 14.72

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: Frequent (14.0% 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: GJ Edgar. 2008. Australian Marine Life. New Holland, Sydney