Lined Monocle Bream, Scolopsis lineata Quoy & Gaimard 1824

Other Names: Green-lined Spine-cheek, Latticed Monocle-bream, Lined Spinecheek, Lined Spine-cheek, Striped Monocle Bream, Striped Spinecheek

A Lined Monocle Bream, Scolopsis lineata, in Guam, Mariana Islands. Source: David Burdick / License: All rights reserved

An olive brown monocle bream becoming silvery-white below, with three pale stripes along the head and body. Juveniles are white with three black chequerboard-like bars or blotches on the upper side, and a black spot between first three dorsal spines.

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Lined Monocle Bream, Scolopsis lineata Quoy & Gaimard 1824

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Kimberley coast and offshore reefs of Western Australia (and possibly south to Ningaloo Reef), Ashmore Reef, Timor Sea, and the far northern Great Barrier Reef to the Gold Coast, southern Queensland; also Cocos (Keeling) Islands in the eastern Indian Ocean. Elsewhere the species occurs in the tropical, east-Indo-west-central Pacific.
Groups or small schools usually inhabits sandy areas on outer lagoon and seaward reefs flats, often in groups. Juveniles usually shelter near corals on clear shallow lagoon reefs.


Dorsal fin X, 9; Anal fin III, 7. 
Head scaled forward to or just in front of level of anterior margin of eye. Lower limb of preopercle naked. Antrorse (forward-directed) suborbital spine absent. Pelvic fins long, reaching beyond level of anus. 


Upper body olive brown, silvery-white below. 3 yellowish white stripes along head and body. Juveniles white, with 3 black bands on upper half of body, interspace between lower pair of yellow bands; black spot between first three dorsal spines.


Feeds on small fishes, crustaceans and benthic invertebrates such as polychaete worms.

Species Citation

Scolopsis lineatus Quoy & Gaimard 1824, Voyage autour du Monde 1: 322. Type locality: Waigeo, Indonesia; Guebe Island.


Bray, D.J. 2018


Australian Faunal Directory

Lined Monocle Bream, Scolopsis lineata Quoy & Gaimard 1824


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CAAB Code:37347032

Conservation:IUCN Least Concern

Depth:1-20 m

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:25 cm TL

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