Plectorhinchus multivittatus

Manyline Sweetlips | Manybanded Sweetlips
Plectorhinchus multivittatus
Plectorhinchus multivittatus, Photo: Rick Stuart-Smith
Plectorhinchus multivittatus
Plectorhinchus multivittatus, adult, Torres Strait, QLD, Photo: Andrew Green
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Plectorhinchus multivittatus
Plectorhinchus multivittatus


Tropical Indo-Pacific


Body with yellow dots forming oblique wavy lines on upper body and wavy horizontal lines on face, finer yellow spots against pale blue on lower body, and yellow fins. Differs from P. chrysotaenia (Goldlined Sweetlips), found eastern Australia, by location and in more dense yellow body markings.


Max Size: 50 cm

Sea Temperature Range: 21.5-32.2°C

Depth: 2-50m

Habitat Generalization Index: 11.4

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: Common (20.3% 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 (3 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