Scolopsis taeniatus   (Cuvier,  1830) (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

Size: 25-30 cm.

Color: Olive to whitish with a prominent black streak along upper back, beginning below about 3rd or 4th dorsal spine; a bluish bar from lower border of eye to upper jaw; fins whitish or translucent.

Body moderately deep (depth in front of dorsal fin about 2.8 to 3.1 times in standard length), with a convex dorsal profile and a pointed snout. Eye medium-sized, a stout, backward-projecting spine just below it. Dorsal fin with 10 spines and 9 soft rays, continuous, unnotched; anal fin with 3 spines and 7 soft rays; pectoral fins with 2 unbranched and 15 branched rays. Predorsal scales (no top of head) not reaching snout, extending forward to level of anterior margin of eyes; 5 or 6 transverse rows of scales on cheek; lower limb of preopercle with 1 to 3 small scales.

Synonym (s)
Scolopsis ruppelli (Cuvier, 1830)

Common Name (s)
• Banded Spinecheek (English)
• Banded Monocle Bream (English)
Economic Importance and Threats
Importance:  Commercial
(Marketed fresh, occasionally dried salted.)



• Tamil Nadu, Gulf of Mannar INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • (2003) Catalog of fishes Available at -
  • Hussain, SM Brief report on biodiversity in the coastal areas of Pakistan p 113
  • Froese, R and Pauly, D (2000) Fishbase 2000: Concepts, design and data sources ICLARM 344 pp 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 -
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at -

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