Scolopsis taeniata (Cuvier, 1830)
Black-streaked monocle bream
Scolopsis taeniata
photo by Randall, J.E.

Family:  Nemipteridae (Threadfin breams, Whiptail breams)
Max. size:  36 cm TL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  reef-associated; depth range 20 - 50 m
Distribution:  Western Indian Ocean: Red Sea, Gulf of Aden, Gulf of Oman, Persian Gulf, Arabian Sea and Sri Lanka (Gulf of Mannar). This species has been misidentified as Scolopsides rupellii (=Scolopsis vosmeri) or as Scolopsis phaeops (= Scolopsis frenatus) by some authors.
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 10-10; Dorsal soft rays (total): 9-9; Anal spines: 3-3; Anal soft rays: 7-7. Head scales reaching forward to or just in front of level of anterior margin of eyes. Lower limb of preopercle scaly. Antrorse (forward-directed) suborbital spine absent. Pelvic fins long, reaching to level of anus. Axillary scale absent. Color: Upper body greenish-olive, whitish below. A narrow whitish stripe along base of dorsal fin. Another prominent black dark brown or black streak above lateral line beginning below about the third or fourth dorsal spine and ending on caudal peduncle. A bright blue stripe from eye to upper jaw and from posterior edge of the eye to base of pectoral fin, where it ends in a blue spot.
Biology:  Commonly found associated with reefs (Ref. 30573).
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 28 June 2018 Ref. (120744)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Carpenter, Kent E. - 15.06.92
Modified by: Bailly, Nicolas - 13.05.10
Checked by: Torres, Armi G. - 06.03.94

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