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Phylum Chordata > Subphylum Vertebrate > fishes > Family Haemulidae
Painted sweetlips
Diagramma pictum

Family Haemulidae
updated Sep 2020
Where seen? The stripy yellow and black juveniles are sometimes seen on some of our shores. Juveniles are seen in weedy areas. Adults are seen on sandy and silty bottoms near reefs.

Features: Juveniles about 10cm. Slender long body yellow with black stripe through the eye across the body and the tail. And a black stripe above including the dorsal fin. Adults to 90cm, uniformly silvery grey.

Changi, Apr 12

Changi, Apr 12
Wiggly swimmer: Like some other young sweetlips species, the juvenile Painted sweetlips typically swims by 'wagging' its large tails resulting in a twisting motion.

What does it eat?
It eats small bottom-dwelling animals and fishes.

Painted sweetlips on Singapore shores
On wildsingapore flickr

Other sightings on Singapore shores

Changi, Nov 16
Photo shared by Abel Yeo on facebook.

Pulau Semakau, Oct 18
Photo shared by Marcus Ng on facebook.

Pulau Semakau, Nov 13
Photo shared by Marcus Ng on flickr.

  • Kelvin K. P. Lim. 21 October 2013. A post-larval Painted sweetlips, Diagramma pictum. Singapore Biodiversity Records 2013: 15
  • Allen, Gerry, 2000. Marine Fishes of South-East Asia: A Field Guide for Anglers and Divers. Periplus Editions. 292 pp.
  • Kuiter, Rudie H. 2002. Guide to Sea Fishes of Australia: A Comprehensive Reference for Divers & Fishermen New Holland Publishers. 434pp.
  • Lieske, Ewald and Robert Myers. 2001. Coral Reef Fishes of the World Periplus Editions. 400pp.
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