There are around 35 species of sweetlips. These fish have big fleshy lips and tend to live on coral reefs in small groups or pairs. They will often associate with other fishes of similar species, and it is not unusual to see several species of sweetlips all swimming together. They are usually seen in clusters in nooks and crannies or under overhangs. Not until night falls do they venture from their shelters to seek out their bottom-dwelling invertebrate prey, such as bristleworms or shrimps and small crabs.