Oblique-bar Monocle Bream, Scolopsis xenochrous Günther 1872

Other Names: Bluestripe Coral Bream, Blue-stripe Spinecheek, Obliquebarred Monocle Bream, Oblique-barred Monocle Bream, Pearl-streaked Monocle Bream

An Oblique-bar Monocle Bream, Scolopsis xenochrous, in Lembeh Strait, north Sulawesi, Indonesia, January 2018. Source: Rickard Zerpe / Flickr. License: CC BY Attribution

A greyish-brown goatfish becoming silvery-white below, with a pearly-blue streak along the dorsal-fin base, an oblique pearly-blue bar above the pectoral-fin base followed by about 6 oblique rows of brown spots and an elongate white to bluish blotch below the lateral line.

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Oblique-bar Monocle Bream, Scolopsis xenochrous Günther 1872

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Ningaloo Reef, Western Australia, Ashmore Reef, Timor Sea, and the northern Great Barrier Reef to northeast of Townsville, Queensland. Elsewhere the species occurs in the tropical, Indo-west Pacific, from the Maldives and Sri Lanka to the Solomon Islands, and north to the Ryukyu Islands, Japan.
Inhabits rocky-rubble and weedy areas on coral reefs, outer reef slopes and lagoons.


Dorsal fin X, 9; Anal fin III, 7. 
Head scales reaching forward to between level of anterior margin of eyes and posterior nostrils. Lower limb of preopercle scaly. Antrorse (forward-directed) suborbital spine present beneath eye. Pelvic fins moderately long, reaching to or almost to level of anus.


Upper body greyish-brown, silvery-white below. A pearly-blue streak from behind eye along dorsal fin base. An oblique, brown-edged pearly-blue bar above the pectoral base. An elongate white blotch below lateral line on posterior half of body, a yellowish tinge above this blotch. Snout dusky and a black blotch on opercle.


Feeds mostly on benthic crustaceans.

Species Citation

Scolopsis xenochrous Günther 1872, Annals and Magazine of Natural History 4 10(60): 423. Type locality: Misool Island, Irian Jaya, Indonesia (as Misol Island).


Bray, D.J. 2018


Australian Faunal Directory

Oblique-bar Monocle Bream, Scolopsis xenochrous Günther 1872


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CAAB Code:37347035

Depth:5-50 m

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:22 cm TL

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