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

©Anne Hoggett: Goldspotted Sweetlips in a cave at Lizard Island (9 Mar 2015)

©Anne Hoggett: Plectorhinchus flavomaculatus at Lizard Island (8 Mar 2015)

©Anne Hoggett: Plectorhinchus flavomaculatus at Lizard Island (16 Jan 2016)
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Actinopterygii
Order Perciformes
Family Haemulidae
Genus Plectorhinchus
Species Plectorhinchus flavomaculatus



Distinguishing features

Silver grey with orange spots on body, tail and dorsal fin. Head blueish with orange spots merging to stripes.


  • Up to 60 cm (Length of specimen)

Depth range

  • Depth range data is not yet available.



©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution

Web resources


References that assist with identification

  • Allen, G., R. Steene, P. Humann and N. Deloach (2003). Reef fish identification: Tropical Pacific New World Publications Inc., Jacksonville, FL, USA.

Other references

  • Burdon-Jones, C. and G.R.W. Denton (1981). Metals in marine organisms from the Great Barrier Reef Province. Part 1. Base line survey,Interim Progress Report, James Cook University, Townsville.. LIRS catalog number 69.
  • Ceccarelli, D.M., M.J. Emslie and Z.T. Richards (2016). Post-disturbance stability of fish assemblages measured at coarse taxonomic resolution masks change at finer scales. PLOS One, doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0156232. LIRS catalog number 1971.
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