Scolopsis vosmeri   (Bloch,  1792) (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

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Size: Max length 25.0 cm TL; common length 5.0 cm SL

Color: Variable, usually brownish with a reddish-purple tinge. A broad white vertical bar from top of head onto opercle. Opercular membrane blood-red. Fins greyish with a tinge of red.

Deep-bodied and compressed, its dorsal profile very convex; body depth 2.1 to 2.3 times in standard length. Mouth terminal; jaws with numerous villiform teeth. Eyes large, a stout flat backward pointing spine below it. Posterior edge of preoperculum only slightly indented, and with small feeble serrations. Dorsal fins with 10 spines and 9 or 10 soft rays; the fin spines and about same height as soft rays. Anal fin with 3 stout spines, the second very broad and longer than the third, and with 7 or 8 soft rays. Pelvic fin with its first soft ray sometimes elongated into a short, thread-like filament. Caudal fin slightly forked. Scales large, those on top of head beginning in front of anterior nostrils, snout and suborbital naked; on preoperculum 5 or 6 transverse rows of scales and 1 or 2 rows on margin; lateral line with about 42 scales; scale rows 3 ½ between lateral line and mid-dorsal fin spines.

Synonym (s)
Anthias japonicus Bloch, 1793
(Junior Synonym)
Anthias vosmeri Bloch, 1792
(Senior Synonym)
Pomacentrus enneodactylus Lacepede, 1802
(Junior Synonym)
Scolopsides collaris Gunther, 1859
(Junior Synonym)
Scolopsides kate Cuvier, 1829
(Junior Synonym)
Scolopsides pomotis Richardson, 1846
(Junior Synonym)
Scolopsides rupellii Cuvier, 1830
(Junior Synonym)
Scolopsides torquatus Cuvier, 1830
(Junior Synonym)
Scolopsis argyrosomus Kuhl & Van Hasselt, 1830
(Junior Synonym)
Scolopsis kurite Ruppell, 1828
(Junior Synonym)
Scolopsis torquata Cuvier, 1830
(Junior Synonym)
Scolopsis vosmaeri (Bloch, 1792)
(Senior Synonym)

Common Name (s)
• Whitecheek Monocle Bream (English)
• Kundul (Tamil)
• Pompton (Tamil)
• White-cheeked Monacle Bream
Economic Importance and Threats
Importance:  Commercial
(Fisheries, gamefish)

Habitat:  Reef Associated
Prey:  Benthic invertebrates


• Tamil Nadu, Chennai Coast INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Gulf of Mannar INDIA
• Kerala INDIA
• Orissa, Gopalpur INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Kilakarai INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Cuddalore Coast INDIA (Record: 07/2008-08/2008)
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands (Lat: 13.75) (Long: 94.25) INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands (Lat: 6.75) (Long: 92.16) INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at -
  • Marine Biological Station, Chennai, Tamil Nadu (2003) Checklist of marine fauna of Tamil Nadu Department of Environment, Government of Tamil Nadu Available at -
  • Froese, R and Pauly, D (2000) Fishbase 2000: Concepts, design and data sources ICLARM 344 pp Available at -
  • Dr. Ramesh, R; Dr. Nammalwar, P and Dr. Gowri, VS (2008) Database on coastal information of Tamil Nadu Report Submitted to Environmental Information System (ENVIS) Centre, Department of Environment, Government of Tamil Nadu Institute for Ocean Management, Anna University, Chennai, Tamil Nadu. Available at -
  • Talwar, PK and Kacker, RK (1984) Commercial sea fishes of India ZSI, Calcutta 997 pp Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Fischer, W and Whitehead, PJP (1974) FAO species identification sheets for fishery purposes. Eastern Indian Ocean - Fishing Area 57 and Western Central Pacific - Fishing Area 71 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
  • Murty, VS (1969) Catalogue of fishes (excluding from the Laccadives) in the reference collections of the Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute Bulletin of Central Marine Research Institute CMFRI, Cochin 10 1-38 Available at -
  • Varghese, M; Manisseri, MK; Ramamurthy, N; Geetha, PM; Thomas, VJ and Gandhi, A (2011) Coral reef fishes of Gulf of Mannar, S.E of India Fishing Chimes CMFRI 31(1) 38-40 Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Lakshmi, A and Sundaramanickam, A (2011) Biodiversity of reef ichthyofauna in Cuddalore coast, southeast coast of India International Journal of Environmental Sciences Integrated Publishing Association 1(7) 1616-1621 Available at -
  • 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 -
  • Roy, SD; Rajan, PT and Soundararajan, S (2006) Marine food fishes of Andaman and Nicobar islands Fishing Chimes 25(10) 108-110 Available at - NIO, Goa

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