Painted Sweetlips (species: Diagramma labiosum) in Lizard Island area: all known taxa (Lizard Island Field Guide)
Diagramma labiosum
Painted Sweetlips

©Victor Huertas: Diagramma labiosum being attended by a cleaner wrasse, Labroides dimidiatus, at Loomis Reef, Lizard Island.

©Victor Huertas: Diagramma labiosum at Loomis Reef, Lizard Island.

©Lyle Vail: Diagramma labiosum at Lizard Island
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Actinopterygii
Order Perciformes
Family Haemulidae
Genus Diagramma
Species Diagramma labiosum



Distinguishing features

From Bray, D.J. 2017, Diagramma pictum labiosum in Fishes of Australia, accessed 13 Jan 2021,

"Adults are slate-grey, and along with subadult fish, lack yellow or orange spots and never have spots on the head forming lines.
This subspecies has been confused with Diagramma pictum pictum which according to Johnson et al. (2001), does not occur in Australia. Adults in Australian waters are slate grey in colouration (see image above), and unlike adults and subadults of the true Diagramma pictum, lack yellow or orange spots and never have spots on the head forming lines. Further work is needed to determine the correct name of the Australian species."

WORMS (accessed 13 Jan 2021) lists Diagramma labiosum as an accepted species with Diagramma pictum labiosum as a synonym.


  • Size data has not been obtained.

Depth range

  • Depth range data is not yet available.


Similar taxa

  • Animalia: species: Diagramma pictum
    is the name that has been used frequently for this species within Australia, but it does not occur in Australia according to Johnson et al, 2001.


©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution

Web resources


References that assist with identification

  • Johnson, J.W., J.E. Randall and S.F. Chenoweth, S.F (2001). Diagramma melanacrum new species of haemulid fish from Indonesia, Borneo and the Philippines with a generic review. Memoirs of the Queensland Museum, 46(2): 657-676.
  • Leis, J.M. and B.M. Carson-Ewart (2000). Larvae of Indo-Pacific Coastal Fishes Brill, Leiden, pp. 1-850. LIRS catalog number 660.

Other references

  • Bray, R.A. and T.H. Cribb (2007). Holorchis gigas n. sp. (Digenea: Lepocreadiidae) from the yellow-striped sweet-lips Plectorhinchus chrysotaenia (Perciformes: Haemulidae) from Lizard Island, Great Barrier Reef, with observations on Aephnidiogenes major, Zootaxa, 1517: 63-68. LIRS catalog number 1042.
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