The Ocean oriental sweetlips, Plectorhinchus vittatus, is a species of grunt native to the Indian Ocean and the western Pacific Ocean. This species is abundant in all coral reefs in Maldives at depths from 2 to 25 m.
Dorsal fin with 13 spines and 17-20 rays; the second to the fifth spine longest and subequal. Anal fin with 3 spines and 7-8 rays. Lips fleshy, swollen with age.
Varies greatly with age. Juveniles with connected black blotches that gradually break up in adults into horizontal bands which unite at tip of snout. Pectoral fins black in juveniles, becoming uniform yellow in adults. Median fins with black margin. Tail spotted with age.
Oriental sweetlips's Behavior & Ecology
Inhabits coral reefs and inshore rocky reefs. Juveniles solitary, inhabits clear shallow protected lagoon; adults may be solitary or occur in aggregations.