Harlequin sweetlips

Juveniles are brown with large white blotches and mimic the movement of a poisonous flatworm for defence against predators.

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The Harlequin sweetlips lives in the reef-associated, brackish, marine, depth range 1 - 30 m environment.

Small groups of harlequin sweetlips can often be seen gathered at dusk around large coral heads, waiting to be cleared of parasites by a cleaner wrasse. More

Juvenile harlequin sweetlips mimic the movement of poisonous flatworms. The harlequin sweetlips, Plectorhinchus chaetodonoides, a sweetlips of the family Haemulidae, is found in Indo-West Pacific oceans. Its length is up to 72 cm. More

Harlequin Sweetlips will eat a wide range of ornamental crustaceans, motile invertebrates, and any fish they can swallow whole. They are not a threat to corals or healthy clams. More

A juvenile Harlequin Sweetlips is under 7-8cm in length, they are brown with large dark-edges and white spots. They swim with the head pointing down and with exaggerated fin movements resulting in an undulating motion. More

The Harlequin sweetlips, also known as Clown sweetlips, or Harlequin sweetlips is native to the Indian Ocean and Western Pacific where it can be found at depths of 10 to 100 feet. More

Common names

Abu-abuhan in Bikol
Alatan in Bikol
Alatan in Hiligaynon
Alatan in Tagalog
Alogon in Kuyunon
Australsk gryntefisk in Danish (dansk)
Bakoko in Kapampangan
Bakoko in Maranao/Samal/Tao Sug
Bakoko in Tagalog
Bakukkoh in Chavacano
Barobok in Agutaynen
Bibigan in Ilokano
Brownkelly in English
Bwavu in Kumak
Ca kem hoa nau in Vietnamese (Tiếng Việt)
Chôchô-koshôdai in Japanese (日本語)
Clown sweetlips in English
Diagramme arlequin in French (français)
Gabilan in Waray-waray
Gafiul in Austronesian (Other)
Gafiul in Carolinian
Gaterin arlequin in French (français)
Gaumare in Gela
Grunt in English
gusu bi in Fijian (vosa Vakaviti)
harleguin sweetlip in Unknown
Harlekinfisk in Swedish (Svenska)
Harlequin sweetlip in English
Harlequin sweetlips in English
Harlequin tatlı dudak in Turkish (Türkçe)
Harlequin thicklip in English
Harlequin's sweetlips in English
Hopahopa in Misima-Paneati
Kaci in Malay (bahasa Melayu)
Kaci macan in Malay (bahasa Melayu)
Kaci-kaci in Malay (bahasa Melayu)
Kaci-kaci, Kaci in Malay (bahasa Melayu)
Kanuro in Waray-waray
Katji matjan in Malay (bahasa Melayu)
Kawang in Javanese (basa Jawa)
Kayubibi in Tagalog
Kolekole in Fijian (vosa Vakaviti)
Kolele in Fijian (vosa Vakaviti)
Labian in Tagalog
Lekpeh in Chavacano
Lepti in Davawenyo
Lepti in Surigaonon
Lipti in Cebuano
Many-spotted sweetlips in English
Matuatua in Rapa
Matuatua in Rapanui
Mii-moo in Numee
Moo in Numee
Mwââna in Numee
Pla lai ta khai in Thai (ไทย)
Pla sroi-nokkha-lai-jud in Thai (ไทย)
Plectorhinchus chaetodonoides in Catalan (Català)
Sawig in Kagayanen
Spotted blubber-lips in English
Spotted sweetlips in English
sweetlips in English
厚唇石鱸 in Mandarin Chinese
厚唇石鲈 in Mandarin Chinese
斑胡椒鯛 in Mandarin Chinese
斑胡椒鲷 in Mandarin Chinese
燕子花旦 in Mandarin Chinese

Order : Perciformes
Family : Haemulidae
Genus : Plectorhinchus
Species : Plectorhinchus chaetodonoides
Authority : Lacep