Marine Biology 101: Harlequin Sweetlip
I was snorkelling at Orpheus Island (best snorkelling of the trip so far), when a bit of colour and movement caught my eye. A little clown-like fish was dancing around the coral. At first glance I thought it was an anemone fish (nemo), but on closer inspection, I realised it was spotty (not stripey) and there wasn’t an anemone in sight.
We ID’d him as a juvenile harlequin sweetlip – Plectorhinchus chaetodonoides – a species of grunt that likes to hang out on coral reefs.
He’s featured in our latest youtube video (at the 2min36sec mark):
And I spotted a bunch of the adults while snorkelling at Lizard Island. It’s evident why they are called ‘sweetlip’!
For more fishy business from the trip so far, check out our fish page.
**NB, this was a scheduled post, uploaded prior to departing on our passage to Indonesia, so it being published isn’t a sign that we have internet access…