Tag: Pearly Monocle Bream (Scolopsis Margaritifer)

Another common member of the Scolopsis family found in local waters, the the Pearly Monocle Bream (Scolopsis Margaritifer) can be recognised by its colouration.

Adults are generally gray-green above, becoming paler below.

The body is covered with medium sized "pearly" scales, with yellow spots forming horizontal lines along those on the lower half of the body.

There is an iridescent blue line originating at the top of each eye and tapering inwards towards the mouth.

Juveniles have a similar "pearly" colouration but have a broad, dark band running horizontally along the upper body and another, thin dark line from the eye to the caudal fin.

Below the thin dark line, the body becomes more yellowish.

The Pearly Monocle Bream is a Benthic feeder of small crustaceans and molluscs, and reaches a maximum length of approximately 20cm.

It is very common around all of the shallower inshore reef areas and can also be found at the deeper offshore sites, albeit in smaller numbers.

Another common member of the Scolopsis family found in local waters, the the Pearly Monocle Bream (Scolopsis Margaritifer) can be recognised by its colouration.

Adults are generally gray-green above, becoming paler below.

The body is covered with medium sized "pearly" scales, with yellow spots forming horizontal lines along those on the lower half of the body.

There is an iridescent blue line originating at the top of each eye and tapering inwards towards the mouth.

Juveniles have a similar "pearly" colouration but have a broad, dark band running horizontally along the upper body and another, thin dark line from the eye to the caudal fin.

Below the thin dark line, the body becomes more yellowish.

The Pearly Monocle Bream is a Benthic feeder of small crustaceans and molluscs, and reaches a maximum length of approximately 20cm.

It is very common around all of the shallower inshore reef areas and can also be found at the deeper offshore sites, albeit in smaller numbers.

Alan's picture
Pearly Monocle Bream juvenile (Scolopsis Margaritifer) 2

Although i'm not 100% sure, i think there's a good chance this is a juvenile Pearly Monocle Bream (Scolopsis Margaritifer). It was probably the smallest one i've seen and the markings are more distinct (the dark spot on the dorsal fin is interesting too).
This was at Shark Island, Koh Tao.

Alan's picture
Pearly Monocle Bream juvenile (Scolopsis Margaritifer) 1

A juvenile/sub-adult Pearly Monocle Bream (Scolopsis Margaritifer) displaying the three seperate colour tones which will eventually merge as the fish matures.

Alan's picture
Pearly Monocle Bream adult (Scolopsis Margaritifer)

This rather grainy photo shows the two iridescent blue lines between the eyes and snout which is one of the characteristics of the Pearly Monocle Bream (Scolopsis Margaritifer).

Alan's picture
Pearly Monocle Bream adult (Scolopsis Margaritifer) 1

An adult Pearly Monocle Bream (Scolopsis Margaritifer), one of the most common species found in small groups around all local reef areas. These are also present at the deeper, offshore sites where they tend to be seen individually.