Animal Species:Bridled Monocle Bream, Scolopsis affinis Peters, 1877

The Bridled Monocle Bream is found in tropical reef areas. It is greyish above and silvery below.

Bridled Monocle Bream at Ribbon Reef #10

Erik Schlögl © Erik Schlögl

Standard Common Name

Bridled Monocle Bream

Alternative Name/s

Large-eyed Spinecheek, Peters' Monocle Bream, Yellow-tail Spinecheek

Identification

The Bridled Monocle Bream has a moderately elongate, compressed body. It is greyish on the back and silvery below. There is usually a broad yellow to dusky stripe along the side of the body. The tail is yellow with a blue margin.

Size range

The species grows to about 20 cm in length.

Distribution

The Bridled Monocle Bream occurs in the Western Pacific region. In Australia, it is known from the offshore islands of north-western Western Australia and from northern to central Great Barrier Reef, Queensland.

The map below shows the Australian distribution of the species based on public sightings and specimens in Australian Museums.  Source: Atlas of Living Australia.

Scolopsis affinis

Distribution by collection data

Ozcam map of Bridled Monocle Bream specimens in the Australian Museums.

What does this mean?

Habitat

The species occurs in tropical inshore and coral reef waters

Other behaviours and adaptations

It is a schooling species.

Classification

Species:
affinis
Genus:
Scolopsis
Family:
Nemipteridae
Order:
Perciformes
Class:
Actinopterygii
Subphylum:
Vertebrata
Phylum:
Chordata
Kingdom:
Animalia

What does this mean?

References

  1. Allen, G.R. 1997. Marine Fishes of Tropical Australia and South-east Asia. Western Australian Museum. Pp. 292.
  2. Randall, J.E., Allen, G.R. & R.C. Steene. 1997. Fishes of the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea. Crawford House Press. Pp. 557.
  3. Russell, B.C. (1990). FAO Species Catalogue. Nemipterid fishes of the World (Threadfin breams, Whiptail breams, Monocle breams, Dwarf monocle breams, and Coral breams - Family Nemipteridae). Rome : FAO Fisheries Synopsis No. 125 Vol. 12. Pp. 149 . pls VIII.


Mark McGrouther , Collection Manager, Ichthyology
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Tags Fishes, Ichthyology, Bridled Monocle Bream, Scolopsis affinis, Nemipteridae, tropical water, tropical reef, grey, silver, pale underside, Large-eyed Spinecheek, Peters' Monocle Bream, Yellow-tail Spinecheek, elongate, compressed body, yellow stripe, stripes or bands, 10 cm - 30 cm, Great Barrier Reef, inshore water, coral reef, marine,