Parascolopsis aspinosa   (Rao and Rao,  1981) (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

Image copyrights: Hermosa, Jr., G.V.

Size: 15-21 cm.

Color: Overall orange; 6 light reddish saddles on body of which 2 are located on caudal peduncle; a dark blackish blotch along dorsal fin base between the 8th dorsal spine and the 1st ray; pectoral fins yellowish, anal fin pale rose.

Head scales reaching forward to between level of anterior margin of eyes and posterior nostrils. Lower limb of preopercle is naked. Posterior margin of suborbital smooth or with just a few tiny spines. Pectoral and pelvic fins long, reaching to or beyond level of anus. Axillary scale present. Dorsal spines (total): 10 - 10, Dorsal soft rays (total): 9 - 9, Anal spines: 3, Anal soft rays: 7.

Synonym (s)
Parascolopsis jonesi Talwar, 1986
Scolopsis aspinosa Rao & Rao, 1981
Scolopsis jonesi (Talwar, 1986)

Common Name (s)
• Smooth Dwarf Monocle Bream (English)
• Smooth Dwarf Monacle Bream
Economic Importance and Threats
Importance:  Commercial
(Subsistence fisheries)

Habitat:  Demersal
Trophic Level:  Secondary Consumer
Prey:  Feeds mainly on benthic invertebrates.


• Andaman and Nicobar Islands INDIA
• Kerala INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • Froese, R and Pauly, D (2000) Fishbase 2000: Concepts, design and data sources ICLARM 344 pp Available at -
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at -
  • Fischer, W and Bianchi, G (Eds.) (1984) FAO species identification sheets for fishery purposes. Western Indian Ocean (Fishing Area 51) FAO, Rome 3 Available at -
  • Bijukumar, A and Deepthi, GR (2009) Mean trophic index of fish fauna associated with trawl bycatch of Kerala, southwest coast of India Journal of the Marine Biological Association of India The Marine Biological Association of India, Cochin 51(2) 145 - 154 Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Pillai, PKM and Augustine, SK (2000) A code list of common marine living resources of the Indian seas CMFRI Special Publication No.12 CMFRI 1-115 Available at -

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