Tag: White-Cheek Monocle Bream (Scolopsis Vosmeri)

The White-Cheek Monocle Bream (Scolopsis Vosmeri) is a common fish in local waters, but due to its rather drab colouration and reclusive nature (during the day-time they usually hang around in small over-hangs or crevaces, but don't appear very active), they are often overlooked by divers.

Reaching a maximum length of around 25cm, the White-Cheek Monocle Bream is a Benthic feeder which tends to lead a solitary existence.

They are easily identified by their overall redish/brown (often with a yellow-ish tint) colouration with large dark scales.

The pectoral fins usually have a dull yellow colouration whilst the dorsal, pelvic and anal fins may have a red-ish margin.

The main distinguishing feature is a broad, white vertical band running vertically through the gill area.

The White-Cheek Monocle Bream (Scolopsis Vosmeri) is a common fish in local waters, but due to its rather drab colouration and reclusive nature (during the day-time they usually hang around in small over-hangs or crevaces, but don't appear very active), they are often overlooked by divers.

Reaching a maximum length of around 25cm, the White-Cheek Monocle Bream is a Benthic feeder which tends to lead a solitary existence.

They are easily identified by their overall redish/brown (often with a yellow-ish tint) colouration with large dark scales.

The pectoral fins usually have a dull yellow colouration whilst the dorsal, pelvic and anal fins may have a red-ish margin.

The main distinguishing feature is a broad, white vertical band running vertically through the gill area.

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White-Cheek Monocle Bream (Scolopsis Vosmeri) 2

This front-on view of a Whitecheek Monocle Bream (Scolopsis Vosmeri) shows the boney, duck-like mouth which is a common feature within the Scolopsis family and is characteristic of many benthic feading species.

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White-Cheek Monocle Bream (Scolopsis Vosmeri)

An adult Whitecheek Monocle Bream (Scolopsis Vosmeri), photographed at Mae Haad/Koh Ma, clearly showing all of the distinguishing features of the species.