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Indian Ocean oriental sweetlips

Binomial name: Plectorhinchus vittatus, Carolus Linnaeus, 1758

The Indian Ocean oriental sweetlips, Plectorhinchus vittatus, is a species of grunt native to the Indian Ocean and the western Pacific Ocean. This species can be found on both coral and rock reefs at depths from 2 to 25 m.


The Indian Ocean oriental sweetlips reach up to 72 cm in SL. Juveniles are striped black. As they age, the stripes in the tail are replaced by black dots on a yellow background.

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Scientific classification

Plectorhinchus vittatus


  • Bodianus cuvier, John Joseph Bennett (1829)
  • Anthias orientalis, Marcus Elieser Bloch (1793)
  • Gaterin orientalis, Marcus Elieser Bloch (1793)
  • Plectorhinchus orientalis, Marcus Elieser Bloch (1793)
  • Perca vittata, Carolus Linnaeus (1758)

Conservation status

Not Evaluated (IUCN3.1)

Not Evaluated (IUCN3.1)

Indian Ocean oriental sweetlips

Indian Ocean oriental sweetlips

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Range map of Plectorhinchus vittatus in Thailand

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