Goldlined Sweetlips (species: Plectorhinchus chrysotaenia) in Lizard Island Field Guide (Lizard Island Field Guide)
Plectorhinchus chrysotaenia
Goldlined Sweetlips

©Rick Stuart-Smith: Plectorhinchus chrysotaenia, Lizard Island area.

©Anne Hoggett: Plectorhinchus chrysotaenia at Cobia Hole, Lizard Island.

©Keesha Millar: Plectorhinchus chrysotaenia at Loomis Reef, Lizard Island.
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Actinopterygii
Order Perciformes
Family Haemulidae
Genus Plectorhinchus
Species Plectorhinchus chrysotaenia



Distinguishing features

A medium to large sized silvery blue fish with a series of horizontal yellow stripes on the body and all yellow fins.


  • Up to 41 cm (Standard length)

Depth range

  • Depth range data is not yet available.



©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution

Distribution and habitat preferences

Areas of reef close to sand in shallow lagoons. Usually seen resting during the day close to caves and overhangs.

Can be found on reefs near sandy bottoms in most locations around the island.


Sweetlips feed at night time over the sandy lagoon floor, taking molluscs and other invertebrates from the soft sediment. They ingest large mouthfuls of sand and filter the food out using their gill rakers. There is little published information on their ecology.

Web resources


  • Bray, R.A. and T.H. Cribb (2007). Holorchis gigas n. sp. (Digenea: Lepocreadiidae) from the yellow-striped sweet-lips Plectorhinchus chrysotaenia (Perciformes: Haemulidae) from Lizard Island, Great Barrier Reef, with observations on Aephnidiogenes major, Zootaxa, 1517: 63-68. LIRS catalog number 1042.
  • Bray, R., A. Waeschenbach, T.H. Cribb, G.D. Weedall, P. Dyal and D.T.J. Littlewood (2009). The phylogeny of the Lepocreadioidea (Platyhelminthes, Digenea) inferred from nuclear and mitochondrial genes: implications for their systematics and evolution, Acta Parasitologica, 54: 310-329. LIRS catalog number 1280.
  • 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.
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