brown juveniles are sometimes seen on many of our shores, among seagrasses
and near coral rubble. Often it is seen 'drifting' like dead leaves.
Elsewhere it is found in shallow coastal waters, around reefs and
in estuaries; also mangroves and occasionally freshwater.
Features: To about 70cm, those
seen on the intertidal at low tide range from tiny ones around 2cm,
to larger ones about 12cm. Juveniles are brownish with a transparent
tail fin, adults are uniformly dark grey to brownish or blackish.
Lips swollen and thick especially in adults. It can change colour
rapidly from pale patterns to dark. Often seen in pairs or alone in
shallow waters at low tide near the mid-water mark. Juveniles drift
with the moving water mimicking floating leaves and flotsam, sometimes
even tilting sideways to appear more leaf-like.
May be mistaken for the Tripletail
(Lobotes surinamensis) and juvenile
Sickletfish (Drepane sp.).
What does it eat? It eats small
Human uses: This fish is considered
excellent to eat and is harvested by handline and spear.
Same fish rapidly
Labrador, Oct 04
sweetlips on Singapore shores
Tanah Merah, Sep 09
Photo shared by James Koh on his
Cyrene Reef, Jul 14
Photo shared by Russel Low on facebook.
Sisters Island, Aug 07
Photo shared by Loh Kok Sheng on his
Pulau Pawai, Dec 09
Photo shared by Ivan Kwan on his