Harlequin Sweetlips (Plectorhinchus chaetodonoides)
Family: Haemulidae (Sweetlips)
Natural Range: Indian and Pacific Oceans
Depth: 3 to 98 ft. Size: 28 in. Jumps: Not likely Space: 200+ gal.
Reef Safe: Yes Care Level: Difficult Temperament: Peaceful
Diet: Mollusks, crustaceans, small fishes
Natural History: The Harlequin Sweetlips exists as solitary individuals on coral-rich reefs, lagoons, channels, faces, and slopes. It prefers coral-rich areas. Adults find refuge by day in coral recesses and share them with other sweetlips. Juveniles swim in an unusual head-down fashion, possibly to imitate a swimming flatworm.
Husbandry: Juvenile Harlequin Sweetlips may be difficult to feed and may require live brine or mysid shrimp or fresh mussels. Adults require large swimming spaces. Adults will eat some nuisance species such as bristleworms and fireworms. They should be housed with peaceful tankmates so feeding occurs normally. This species may grub through sand searching for prey, which may include fireworms.
AKA: Clown Sweetlips
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