Plectorhinchus lessonii

Striped sweetlips | Lesson's Sweetlips | Lesson's Thicklip | Lined Sweetlips
Plectorhinchus lessonii
Plectorhinchus lessonii, Raja Ampat, Indonesia, Photo: Graham Edgar
Plectorhinchus lessonii
Plectorhinchus lessonii, Photo: Rick Stuart-Smith
Plectorhinchus lessonii
Plectorhinchus lessonii, Sulawesi, Indonesia, Photo: Ian Shaw
Plectorhinchus lessonii
Plectorhinchus lessonii, Coral Sea, Australia, Photo: Ian Shaw
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Plectorhinchus lessonii
Plectorhinchus lessonii
Plectorhinchus lessonii
Plectorhinchus lessonii


Tropical Indo-Pacific


Four wide dark stripes from snout to tail, with more stripes on head, pale unmarked belly, yellow dorsal, anal and tail fins with large black spots and a yellow snout. Similar P. vittatus (Oriental Sweetlips) is distinguished by location, and has stripes on belly and yellow pectoral fin, while P. lineatus (Oblique-banded Sweetlips) has oblique bands rather than horizontal.


Max Size: 40 cm

Sea Temperature Range: 23.6-30.6°C

Depth: 1-35m

Habitat Generalization Index: 1.11

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 (6.1% 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: Solitary (1 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