Scolopsis phaeops   (Bennett,  1832) (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

Size: 26.5 cm.

Color: In preserved specimens greenish above, sides and below lighter. A narrow light band along the back close to the base of the dorsal. A silvery streak from the muzzle across the preorbital to the eye, another from the suborbital spine to the angle of the preoperculum, generally continued on operculum and from there to axil of pectoral. Fins dull brown.

Height 2.5-3, 3-3.7 in length with caudal. Head 2.9-3.3, 4-4.3 in length with caudal. Eye 3.2-3.6, 1.2-1.6 in snout and 1-1.3 in very slightly convex inter orbital space. Scales on head beginning Slightly behind nostrils. Mouth slightly oblique. Maxillary Not reaching to the vertical from the anterior margin of the orbit. Teeth in broad villiform bands in the jaws, about 7 irregular rows anteriorly. Preoperculum with 6 transverse series of scales, the inferior limb naked. Hind border of preoperculum armed with about twelve rather distant spinous teeth, the middle of which are longest, the angle is rounded and projecting, and armed with about 8 spinous teeth. Lower border of preoperculum smooth. Suborbital spine strong, flat and pointed, and there are 5 spinous teeth besides, much smaller than the spines, but similar in shape. Dorsal spines moderate, not flexible. The first is two thirds of the second, the second is rather shorter than the following four, which are longest, and one-third of the height of the body. The soft dorsal is rather higher, the sixth and seventh ray being the longest. Origin of anal beneath the second dorsal ray. Anal spines rather stronger than those of dorsal. First spine nearly on half of the second, second three-quarters of the third, which is one third of the length of the head. The margin of the soft portion of the anal is slightly rounded, the posterior rays gradually becoming shorter. Pectorals about half length of snout shorter than head. Ventrals shorter, their spine two-third of the first ray. Caudal deeply forked, the upper lobe the longer.

Remarks: Values in above description denote proportions.

Synonym (s)
Scolopsides phaeops Bennett, 1831
Scolopsis phaeops Gunther, 1859
Scolopsis nototaenia Playfair, 1866
Scolopsis phaeops Playfair, 1867
Scolopsides phaeops Day, 1888
Scolopsides phoeops Sauvage, 1891
Scolopsis phaeops Fowler, 1931
Scolopsis phaeops Borodin, 1932

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats



• INDIA (Record: 1936)
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Andaman Islands INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at -
  • Weber, M; Beaufort, LF (1936) The fishes of the Indo-Australian Archipelago Print times, Pataudi house, Daryaganj, New Delhi 7 607 pp 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 -

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