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Harlequin Sweetlips










Samui Tides


Latin Name: Plectorhinchus Chaetodonoides


Perhaps it is the gentle and sweet appearance of the Haemulidae that earn it the common name of Sweetlips instead of its other more appropriate name of the Gruntfish. Sweetlips emit a rude grunting noise made by the grinding of their pharyngeal teeth, and when their bladder further amplifies this sound, they are one of the noisiest inhabitants of the tropical coral reef. Sweetlips resemble the laterally compressed body shape of a snapper (Lutjanidae) but they look much friendlier with a smaller mouth with no canine teeth and smacking thick lips. The Juveniles vary dramatically from the adult, being either black and white in colour (Plectorhinchus Lineatus juv) or sporting white spots with dark brown segments. One prime example is the juvenile Plectorhinchus chaetodonoides, commonly known as the clown sweetlips due to itís resemblance to anemone fish in shape and itís clownish antics of swimming in a head down position on the bottom of the reef.


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