Scolopsis vosmeri (Bloch, 1792)
Whitecheek monocle bream
Tagisang lawin,  Whitecheek monacle bream,  Baho-ulo,  Buklid,  Bullat,  Bumba,  Buruba,  Lagao,  Lagaw,  Pugapu,  Silay,  Siri,  Taragaw,  Tingin lapad,  Tonong
Scolopsis vosmeri
photo by Field, R.

Family:  Nemipteridae (Threadfin breams, Whiptail breams)
Max. size:  25 cm TL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  reef-associated; depth range 2 - 25 m
Distribution:  Indo-West Pacific: Red Sea and East Africa to the Ryukyu Islands and northern Australia.
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 10-10; Dorsal soft rays (total): 9-9; Anal spines: 3-3; Anal soft rays: 7-7. Head scales reaching to anterior nostrils. Lower limb f preopercle scaly. Antrorse (forward-directed) suborbital spine present beneath eye. Pelvic fins long, reaching to or just beyond level of anus. Axillary scale present. Color: Variable, usually brownish with a reddish-purple tinge. A broad white vertical bar from top of head onto opercle. Opercular membrane blood-red. Fins greyish with a tinge of red.
Biology:  Benthic in inshore turbid or weedy waters, usually on sand or mud bottoms close to reefs (Ref. 30573, 90102), as well as offshore areas (Ref. 9785). Seen solitary, but may school deep (Ref. 48635). Feeds on benthic organisms (Ref. 5213). Marketed fresh, salted, smoked or processed into fish balls (Ref. 12484).
IUCN Red List Status: Not Evaluated (Ref. 115185)
Threat to humans:  harmless
Country info:  Known from Surigao City (Ref. 58652) and Nasugbu, Batangas (Ref. 107853). Also Ref. 3810.

Entered by: Carpenter, Kent E. - 15.06.92
Modified by: Olisa, Kristine Elaine Paz - 11.04.13
Checked by: Russell, Barry - 04.10.95

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