Blue body with dense covering of gold spots, which join to form wavy lines on face. Lacks dark upper edge on operculum of P. picus (Dotted Sweetlips) which also has darker, rusty coloured spots. Juveniles with broad gold lines along body and translucent yellow fins.
Max Size: 60 cm
Sea Temperature Range: 17.8-30.4°C
Habitat: Coral Reef
Habitat Generalisation Index: 14.7
Also referred to as the SGI (Species generalisation index), this describes the habitat niche breadth of the species.
Species with values less than 15 are found in a relatively narrow range of reef habitat types (specialists), while those over 25 may be found on most
hard substrates within their range (generalists). Learn more here
IUCN Threat Status: Not Evaluated
Occurrence: Frequent (15% of sites)
Occurrence describes how often the species is found on surveys within its distribution.
It is calculated as the % of reef sites surveyed by RLS divers across all the ecoregions in which the species has been observed
Abundance: Few (2 per transect)
Abundance is calculated as the average number of individuals recorded per RLS transect, where present.
Edit by: GJ Edgar. 2008. Australian Marine Life. New Holland, Sydney