Plectorhinchus picus (Cuvier, 1828)
Spotted sweetlips (Painted sweetlip in Fishbase)

Plectorhinchus picus is uncommon at Kwajalein. Adults tend to be loners, usually hanging around and under large table corals (Acropora) or in seaward reef channel caves during the day. Young individuals are rarely seen, but can most often be found rather deep on the seaward slope at depths exceeding 35m. According to Fishbase, adults can reach about 84cm.

Sweet lips indeed.

A rather large juvenile on the reeftop. It may have just recently made its way to the top of the seaward slope.

Created 15 April 2017

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