from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Any member of the genus Plectorhinchus of fish with large fleshy lips.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One who has sweet lips: a term of endearment.
- n. An epicure; a glutton.
- n. The ballan wrasse, Labrus maculatus. Also called Servellan wrasse. See cut under Labrus.
And while my identification skills are at the "purple one with yellow stripes" level, I do also enjoy the evocative names: three-stripe fusilier, diagonal-banded sweetlips, filamented flake, oblong silver biddy and freckled goatfish, not to mention the charming category of odd-shaped bottom dwellers.
Nuhung, who chairs the committee, has become a crack spearfisherman: each day he brings in several sweetlips and other varieties of reef fish.
We saw a few blue spotted rays, turtles, lion fish, yellow box fish, long fin banner fish and quantity of other tropical fish including the rare harlequin sweetlips.
It took hours of staring at pictures, but eventually I learned to spot the differences between grouper fish (grumpy looking) and sweetlips (they pout like Angelina Jolie); urchins and sponge; hard coral and soft coral.
Leu Ming-yih (呂明毅), an associate research fellow at the National Museum of Marine Biology and Aquarium's Fish Reproduction and Larviculture Laboratory, headed the team, which collected three non-adult Oriental sweetlips from the wild for breeding five years ago.