Diagramma labiosum Macleay 1883,

Andréfouët, Serge, Chen, Wei-Jen, Kinch, Jeff, Mana, Ralph, Russell, Barry C., Tully, Dean & White, William T., 2019, Checklist of the marine and estuarine fishes of New Ireland Province, Papua New Guinea, western Pacific Ocean, with 810 new records, Zootaxa 4588 (1), pp. 1-360: 162

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Diagramma labiosum Macleay 1883


Diagramma labiosum Macleay 1883  —Painted sweetlips

Status at New Ireland. New record, based on specimens observed at Kavieng fish market in 2004–2005 by Jeff Kinch during CFMDP Survey , and by Barry C. Russell on 7 and 21 June 2014. A specimen photographed at Lissenung Island by Dietmar Amon on 24 July 2010; a video of a specimen taken from Senta Passage, off eastern New Hanover , 5–16 m depth, at St. KR 118, in 2014 (identified by Barry C. Russell).

Distribution and habitat. New Ireland: 1, 2.—General distribution: Northern New Guinea, southern Papua New Guinea to Queensland ( Australia). Found on open muddy or silty substrates in protected bays or estuaries, or in shallow coastal areas and coral or rocky reefs, juveniles among seagrass, 1–50 m depth. Transitional water and marine.

Remarks. This species was treated by some authors as Diagramma picta  (non Thunberg 1792), a species that is widespread in the Indo-West Pacific but is replaced by D. labiosum  in Queensland ( Australia) and Papua New Guinea.