Oriental Sweetlips

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Description of the Oriental Sweetlips

The Oriental Sweetlips is also known as the Oriental Dogfish or Lined Sweetlips and the Juvenile fish has a completely different appearance to the mature adult. The Juvenile as shown in the picture above is tan in color with white and yellow ge markings whilst the adult fish has a black body with white stripes and yellow markings.

Popular Name: Oriental Sweetlips
Species: Plectorhinchus orientalis

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Oriental Sweetlips

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Profile of the Oriental Sweetlips
This Profile contains interesting facts and information about the Oriental Sweetlips species.

  • Size: Up to 86cm

  • Fish Tank conditions: PH 8.1 to 8.4

  • Diet / Feeding: Small Crustaceans, Shrimp, Black Worms

  • Temperament: Peaceful, Good Community Fish

  • Habitat: Reef Dweller at depths of up to 25m

  • Behaviour: Solitary Fish

  • Range: Indo Pacific

Scientific Classification of the Oriental Sweetlips
Definition: Scientific classification, or biological classification, is how biologists group and categorize species of organisms with shared physical characteristics. Scientific classification belongs to the science of taxonomy.

  • Species: Plectorhinchus orientalis

  • Popular Name: Oriental Sweetlips - Sweetlips - Oriental Dogfish - Dogfish Orientalis

  • Kingdom: Animalia

  • Phylum: Chordata

  • Class: Actinopterygii

  • Order: Perciformes

  • Family: Haemulidae

Interesting Facts and Information - How do you identify the sex of a Oriental Sweetlips?
The males and females of many fish species have different colors or different shaped bodies. But there are also other fish species where there is no visible difference. Its sometimes tricky being an ichthyologist!

Interesting Facts and Information - Why are Oriental Sweetlips slimy?
Oriental Sweetlips secrete a type of mucus, or slime, from their skin. This slime provides protection against parasites and infections and helps the Oriental Sweetlips to move through the water faster. Some fish species also release toxins in their slime which ward off enemy attacks. Other fish species use their slime to feed their young.

Interesting Facts and Information -
Why do Oriental Sweetlips have gills?
Gills enable the Oriental Sweetlips to breathe. Gills consist of thin sheets of tissue containing blood vessels. As water passes over the gills oxygen is absorbed into the blood stream Carbon dioxide passes out into the water. The gills are protected by a large bony plate called an operculum. Some fish species however have lungs and breathe air.


Interesting Facts and Information -
Why do the Oriental Sweetlips have fins?
A fin is an external appendage or "limb" of a fish. Fins are used for directing, stabilizing, or propelling the different fish species in water. Numbers of fins vary between fish species, but there are usually seven. Each of the fins on a fish are designed to perform a specific function:

  • Dorsal fins - The dorsal fin is located on the backs of fishes. The Oriental Sweetlips has Dorsal fins to lend stability in swimming.

  • Ventral fins. The ventral fin is located on the pelvic area of fishes. The Oriental Sweetlips has Ventral fins to lend stability in swimming.

  • Caudal fins. The Caudal fin is located on the tail area of fishes. The Oriental Sweetlips has Caudal fins to propel through the water.

  • Pectoral fins. The Pectoral fin is located on the breast area of fishes. The Oriental Sweetlips has Pectoral fins to for locomotion and side to side movement

Interesting Facts and Information about Oriental Sweetlips

Oriental Sweetlips

  • Interesting Information about Oriental Sweetlips

  • Facts about Fish Species - Why are Oriental Sweetlips slimy?

  • Why do the Oriental Sweetlips have gills?

  • Facts about Fish Species - Why do the Oriental Sweetlips have fins?

  • Species: Plectorhinchus orientalis

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