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Meet the Blue Bastard Sweetlips

By Leonard Ho - Posted Sep 14, 2015 09:00 AM
Plectorhinchus caeruleonothus is the newest described species of sweetlips from Australia. This fish was previously only known via 'big fish tales' told by fishermen, who named the near mythical creature the Blue Bastard because it is so frustrating to catch.
Meet the Blue Bastard Sweetlips

Adult Blue Bastard

It's rather amazing that this big, bright ghostly blue-white, shallow-water species is only now documented by science, but judging by what fisherman say, the species is very elusive.

As with other sweetlips, their juvenile coloration is very different than their adult coloration.  The photo below is a juvenile Plectorhinchus caeruleonothus, which interestingly enough resembles the adult oriental sweetlips (P.vittatus) we sometimes see sold to hobbyists. Public service announcement: Plectorhinchus usually get very big, so while they're hardy, they really don't make good captive fish unless you have a massive aquarium and don't mind them snacking on smaller fish.

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Juvenile Blue Bastard

[via Daily Mail UK]

Author: Leonard Ho
Location: Southern California

I'm a passionate aquarist of over 30 years, a coral reef lover, and the blog editor for Advanced Aquarist. While aquarium gadgets interest me, it's really livestock (especially fish), artistry of aquariums, and "method behind the madness" processes that captivate my attention.

Website: http://www.advancedaquarist.com.

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