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Rainbow monocle bream

Rainbow monocle bream
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Also known as:

Monogrammed Monocle Bream

Barred-face Spinecheek

Monocle Bream

Rainbow Bream

Regal Coral Bream

Threadfin Monocle-bream

Common Group Name:

Threadfin breams

Family Name:

Nemipteridae

Genus Name:

Scolopsis

Species Name:

Scolopsis monogramma


Dispatch Method:

The eating qualities of rainbow monocle bream and related species such as whiptails can be greatly improved if they are killed humanely by iki jime or a firm knock to the head before placing them in an ice slurry after bleeding.


Fish Description:

  • These fish have a prominent brown/black band edged with yellow on the flanks and 3 blue/black stripes on snout, the uppermost joining the eyes above nostrils.
  • The upper lobe of the tail fin is longer than the lower lobe and has a short filamentous extension in larger specimens.

Fish Distribution:

  • This species can be encountered throughout the Indo-West Pacific: in the eastern Indian Ocean from the Andaman Sea and northwest Australia to Papua New Guinea, northeastern Australia and north to the Phillippines and Ryukyu Islands.
  • Rainbow monocle bream occur on sand bottoms close to coral reefs, singly or in small groups at depths from 2 to around 50 meters.
  • They feed on small fishes, crustaceans, molluscs and polychaete worms.

Fish Size Common Length:

20-30 cm, maximum size around 38 cm.