Rainbow Monocle Bream (species: Scolopsis monogramma) in Lizard Island Field Guide (Lizard Island Field Guide)
Scolopsis monogramma
Rainbow Monocle Bream

©Paul Asman: Scolopsis monogramma at Anchor Bay, Lizard Island, showing bright colour form.

©Paul Asman: Scolopsis monogramma at Anchor Bay, Lizard Island.

©Anne Hoggett: Adult Scolopsis monogramma (pale phase) at North Direction Island
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Actinopterygii
Order Perciformes
Family Nemipteridae
Genus Scolopsis
Species Scolopsis monogramma



Distinguishing features

Body colour variable, grey to white (pale phase) or whitish with a tan blotch or broad stripe on sides. Slanted lines below lateral line usually noticeable. Always a blue band between eyes, yellow tail with bluish margin, long filament extending from upper tail lobe in adults. 


  • Up to 38 cm (Length of specimen)

Depth range

  • Depth range data is not yet available.



©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution

Web resources


References that assist with identification

  • Allen, G., R. Steene, P. Humann and N. Deloach (2003). Reef fish identification: Tropical Pacific New World Publications Inc., Jacksonville, FL, USA.
  • Randall, J.E., G.R. Allen and R.C. Steene (1997). Fishes of the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea: Second edition Crawford House Publishing, Bathurst, NSW.

Other references

  • Bray, R., A. Waeschenbach, T.H. Cribb, G.D. Weedall, P. Dyal and D.T.J. Littlewood (2009). The phylogeny of the Lepocreadioidea (Platyhelminthes, Digenea) inferred from nuclear and mitochondrial genes: implications for their systematics and evolution, Acta Parasitologica, 54: 310-329. LIRS catalog number 1280.
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