Sombre Sweetlips (species: Plectorhinchus unicolor) in ALA: LIRS and surrounds using records to Oct. 2021 (Lizard Island Field Guide)
Plectorhinchus unicolor
Sombre Sweetlips

©Lyle Vail: Plectorhinchus unicolor at Lizard Island

©Anne Hoggett: Plectorhinchus unicolor at Lizard Island
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Actinopterygii
Order Perciformes
Family Haemulidae
Genus Plectorhinchus
Species Plectorhinchus unicolor



Distinguishing features

A dark silver/grey sweetlips with black fins, a black edge to the gill cover above the level of the pectoral fin, and a white spine at anterior edge of ventral fin (Allen et al, 1997; Allen et al, 2003). Smallish specimens (40 to 50 cm long) at Lizard Island have a yellowish tail.


  • Up to 80 cm (Length)

Depth range

  • Depth range data is not yet available.



©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution

Web resources


  • Johnson, J.W. and J. Worthington Wilmer (2015). Plectorhinchus caeruleonothus, a new species of sweetlips (Perciformes: Haemulidae) from northern Australia and the resurrection of P. unicolor (Macleay, 1883), species previously confused with P. schotaf (Forssk√•l, 1775), Zootaxa, 3985 (4): 491-522. LIRS catalog number 1916.