Plectorhinchus polytaenia, also called the Ribboned sweetlips, is widespread in the Indo-West Pacific from the west coast of India to the Philippines, Indonesia, New Guinea and northern Australia. To be found in sheltered lagoons and the seaside of coral reefs.
The strips of the Ribboned sweetlips develop with age. Juvenile look completely different than their adult counterparts, they develop first exclusively black stripes which change more and more the color to yellow with age,
Plectorhinchus polytaenia feeds mainly on snails, shrimps, crabs and worms. With 40-50 cm, depending on gender they get much to large for a conventional reef aquarium. One can keep them in very large fish-only aquarium in small groups, but they are more for "professionals" and large display aquariums.