Diagonal Banded Sweetlips fish (Plectorhinchus lineatus)

This weeks Photo of the Week is a Diagonal-banded Sweetlips fish (Plectorhinchus lineatus) on Agincourt Reef, Great Barrier Reef. This species are also commonly known asĀ  Yellow-banded Sweetlips, Oblique-banded Sweetlips or Goldman’s Sweetlips.

A frequently visited dive spot on Agincourt Reef has a large coral head which is home to several Diagonal-banded Sweetlip fish, and whenever possible I try to spend some time getting shots of them.

Diagonal banded Sweetlips fish (Plectorhinchus lineatus)

Diagonal-banded Sweetlips fish (Plectorhinchus lineatus)

With a number of different sweetlip species on the reef, I find myself drawn to this particular one for their colour.

As juveniles they have a completely different colour and pattern. As adults they are a very social fish, usually seen in pairs or groups.

Growing up to 50 cm in length, this species occurs in the eastern Indian Ocean and Western Pacific. In Australia it is found on offshore islands of north-western Western Australia and on the northern Great Barrier Reef through to southern Queensland.

The visability was a little low at the dive site on the day, but the top of the coral head was in 5m of water, which allowed a reasonable amount of illumination. It was then a matter of positioning myself for the best light.

The sweetlips are weary of divers, but by staying a comfortable distance from them, they will remain in the area allowing you to get reasonable photos and video.

Diagonal banded Sweetlips fish (Plectorhinchus lineatus) Diagonal banded Sweetlips fish (Plectorhinchus lineatus) Diagonal banded Sweetlips fish (Plectorhinchus lineatus)

The fish on the left with its mouth open is getting cleaned by a small wrasse, which can be seen in video 1 below.

Diagonal banded Sweetlips fish video 1 (Plectorhinchus lineatus)
Run time: 35 sec
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Diagonal banded Sweetlips fish video 2 (Plectorhinchus lineatus)
Run time: 12 sec
Video ID: V0065A
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These photos and video were shot underwater as part of my Great Barrier Reef Images project while diving on Quicksilver’s Silversonic in Port Douglas, Queensland, Australia.

Carl Chapman

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