Picture of the Week, Yellow Banded Sweetlips (Plectorhinchus lineatus)By: Brandon Klaus
In this week’s AquaNerd Picture of the Week, we once again revisit our trip to the Waikiki Aquarium, but we aren’t focusing on any of its high profile residents. Instead, we’re peaking in on a juvenile yellow banded sweetlips (Plectorhinchus lineatus), which obviously has a very interesting stripe layout. This eye catching fish is not a common aquarium species, as they can grow to a few feet in length, but they every once in a while you’ll see them in public exhibits like the big tanks of restaurants. Like most juvenile fish, this one exhibits a coloration that will drastically change as it ages. A mature yellow banded sweetlips has a body that’s predominantly white with the stripes being very thin and going across the body diagonally. For those looking for a species more commonly found in the aquarium trade, take a look at the Spotted Sweetlips (P. chaetodonoides).