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Bob Fenner

Scolopsis monogramma

Genus Pentapodus:

Pentapodus emeryii (Richardson 1843), the Double Whiptail Bream. Indo-West Pacific. To a foot in length in the wild. An occasional import from the Philippines and Fiji. Hardy when shipped properly and placed in a peaceful setting. Aquarium and N. Sulawesi photos.
 
Pentapodus nagasakiensis (Tanaka 1915), the Japanese Butterfish. Western Pacific; Japan to northern Australia. To eight inches in length. This one in an aquarium.

Pentapodus paradiseus (Gunther 1859), the Paradise Whiptail. Western Pacific; Coral Sea, Solomons, GBR. To 14 inches in length. This juvenile one in Raja Ampat. http://fishbase.org/Summary/speciesSummary.php?ID=5870&genusname=Pentapodus& speciesname=paradiseus

Pentapodus setosus (Valenciennes 1830), the Butterfly Whiptail. Indo-West Pacific; Philippines, S. China Sea, Indonesia. To seven inches in length. N. Sulawesi pix. 

Pentapodus trivittatus (Bloch 1791), the Striped Whiptail. Indo-West Pacific; Philippines, Indonesia, New Guinea. To eight inches in length. This one in N. Sulawesi. 

Genus Scolopsis:

Scolopsis affinis Peters 1877, the Yellow-Tail Spinecheek. West Pacific and Indian Ocean. To nearly ten inches in length. Off of Gili Air, Lombok, and N. Sulawesi, Indonesia. 

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Scolopsis auratus (Park 1797), the Yellowstripe Monocle Bream. Eastern Indian Ocean; Maldives to southern Indonesia. To a bit over eight inches in length. This one off of Gili Air, Lombok, Indonesia. 

Scolopsis bilineatus  (Bloch 1793), the Two-Lined Monocle Bream, or my preferred common name, the Bridled Bream. Indo-Pacific. Very common on the reef. To nine inches in length. Aquarium juvenile, N. Sulawesi intermediate and adult Fiji  specimens pictured. Below, all yellow juveniles in Fiji are mimics of the Bicolor Fangblenny found there; and hence avoided as prey.

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Scolopsis frenatus  (Cuvier 1830), the Bridled Monocle Bream. Western Indian Ocean. To ten inches long. This photo made in the Seychelles.

Scolopsis ghanam (Forsskal 1775), the Arabian Monocle Bream. Indian Ocean; Red Sea, East Africa to the Andaman Sea. To twelve inches. Here's a four inch juvenile in the Red Sea. 

Scolopsis lineata Quoy & Gaimard 1824, Striped Monocle Bream. Eastern Indian Ocean, Western Pacific. To 23 cm. Here in S. Sulawesi. http://fishbase.sinica.edu.tw/Country/CountrySpeciesSummary.cfm?Country=Indonesia&Genus=Scolopsis&Species=lineata

Scolopsis margaritifer (Cuvier 1830), the Pearly Monocle Bream. Western Pacific. To eleven inches maximum length. Specimens off of Australia's GBR and N. & S. Sulawesi.
Scolopsis monogramma (Cuvier 1830), the Monocle Bream. Indo-West Pacific. To a foot in length. Heron Island, Australia's GBR.

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Scolopsis vosmeri (Bloch 1792), the Whitecheek Monocle Bream. Indo-West Pacific; east African coast, Red Sea to Australia, Ryukyus. To ten inches. Rarely seen in the ornamental trade, and this is a shame. In the wild feeds on many benthic organisms. Pulau Redang, Malaysia photo.

Scolopsis xenochroa Gunther 1872, the Blue-stripe Spinecheek. Oblique-barred Monocle Bream. Indo-West Pacific; Maldives to Solomons, northern Australia, Indonesia... To 21 cm. in length. Feeds principally on crustaceans. N. Sulawesi pic.


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