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.
- 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.
- 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.