Photo of the Week – More Diagonal Banded Sweetlips fish (Plectorhinchus lineatus)

I have to apologize for my lack of blog posts in recent months. I have been on an all-consuming assignment in China.

Now back in Australia, I have finally got around to processing some more photos and video that have been sitting on my harddrive from 2011, and 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 as  Yellow-banded Sweetlips, Oblique-banded Sweetlips or Goldman’s Sweetlips.

Diagonal banded Sweetlips fish (Plectorhinchus lineatus)

Diagonal-banded Sweetlips fish (Plectorhinchus lineatus)

With a number of different sweetlip species on the reef, this is one of my favourite fish.

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

On this particular dive three fish were hanging  out on the coral head, which was also acting as a cleaning station, and some of the video below shows the sweetlips being cleaned by a Bluestreak Cleaner wrasse (Labroides dimidiatus), also known as a Common Cleaner wrasse.

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 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. After about 20 minutes watching this group, they became relaxed enough to let me get in nice and close.

Photos

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These photos and video were shot underwater as part of my Great Barrier Reef Photography project while diving on Quicksilver’s Silversonic in Port Douglas, Queensland, Australia.

Carl Chapman

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