Scolopsis ciliatus   (Lacepede,  1802) (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

Image copyrights: Mya Than Tun

Size: 13.5 cm.

Color: In preserved specimens reddish brown above, silvery below. a shining silvery longitudinal band, tapering into a stripe posteriorly, on the back, in young ones beginning below lateral line and running to base of dorsal, in older ones totally above lateral line. Fins hyaline or yellowish. Pectoral axil darkish.

Height 2.8-3, 3.5-3.9 in length with caudal. Head 3.3-3.4, 4.2-4.3 in length with caudal. Head 3.3-3.4, 4.2-4.3 in length with caudal. Eye 2.5-3, somewhat more than snout and than convex inter orbital space. Scales on head beginning before eyes, reaching on snout to a line connecting anterior nostrils. Mouth somewhat oblique. Maxillary with a sharp ridge, which is coarsely denticulated, reaching to below front border of eye. Narrow bands of slender curved teeth in the jaws, the outer series enlarged. Preoperculum with 4 transverse rows of scales and two more rows on inferior limb. Posterior border of preoperculum slightly scalloped, strongly denticulate as well the rounded edge. Preorbital with a short but strong spine, reaching to below hind border of pupil or not so far. One to three very short spines below it. First dorsal spine two thirds of second, which is somewhat shorter than third. Third to seventh spines sub equal, one third of eye longer than post orbital part of head. Following spines gently decreasing in length posteriorly, the last spine longer than the second one. The soft dorsal not lower than the spinous part, slightly rounded. First anal spine more than one third of second. Second and third spines sub equal, slightly shorter than longest dorsal spines. Soft anal as high as soft dorsal, rounded. Pectorals and ventrals, the first ray of which is produced into a short filament, sub equal and about half length of snout shorter than head. Caudal forked.

Remarks: Values in above description denote proportions.

Synonym (s)
Holocentrus ciliatus Lacepede, 1802
Scolopsides lycogenis Bleeker, 1850
Scolopsis ciliatus Gunther, 1859
Scolopsis ciliatus Day, 1888
Scolopsis ciliatus Bleeker, 1877
Scolopsis ciliata Jordan and Seale, 1907
Scolopsis ciliatus M. Weber, 1913
Scolopsis ciliatus Fowler, 1934
Scolopsis ciliatus Day, 1875

Common Name (s)
• Whitestreak Monical Bream (English)
• Saw - Jawed Monocle Bream (English)
• Monocle Bream (English)
Economic Importance and Threats
Importance:  Commercial
(Marketed fresh or frozen)

Habitat:  Benthic, Reef Associated
Prey:  Benthic invertebrates and small fishes


• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Andamans INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Port Blair INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands INDIA
• 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)
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