It’s that time of the week again, so time for me to share another of my fishy friends with you!
Today, I am writing about the Oriental Sweetlips (Plectorhinchus vittatus). A fish common in the Indian Ocean, particularly in the Maldives. It can grow up to 50 cm and is often seen in small groups, it is a nocturnal hunter.
According to Maldivian legend, there was once a heron too proud to eat anything but the most beautiful fish in the sea – the Oriental Sweetlips, but it lived too deep for the heron to catch and he wasted away.
As with my number 1 fish, the juvenile sweetlips also displays an incredibly different pattern to its adult counterpart and are very shy, making them difficult to spot. I found my fist juvenile sweetlips last summer, and here is a photo to prove it!
Here are some adult photos collected over the past few years!
I am sure you will agree it’s a very striking fish!