10 photos - 5 species


 There are 5 genera and over 65 species.

The false snappers are closely related to the road sweepers.

They normally feed on small animals buried in the sand.

They are protogynous hermaphrodites.

 In the course of their lives,

they are first females and then change into males.

Depending on the species, they grow to between 9 and 36 cm.

Pentapodus aureofasciatus

Yellowstripe threadfin beam

 Maximum length: 29 cm

Depth: 5 - 80 m

Solitary or in small groups, mainly around coral reef slopes.

Photo 1 Johnny: Bangka Island North Sulawesi

Pentapodus emeryii

Double whiptail, Purple threadfin bream or Blue Whiptail

Maximum length: 30 cm

Depth: 2 - 35 m

Fish that live over sandy areas, picking up sand with their mouths

and searching for prey such as small fish and larger zooplankton.

Photos 1 - 2 Johnny: Bangka Island North Sulawesi

Scolopsis bilineata

Two-lined monocle bream, Bridled monocle bream, Bridled spinecheeck, Double-lined coral bream or Yellow-finned spine-cheek

 Maximum length: 23 cm

Depth: 1 - 25 metres

They have yellow stripes on the head,

a dark red-edged pearly white stripe runs from the mouth to the soft dorsal fin.

A whitish spot can be seen just below the base of the rear half of the soft dorsal fin rays.

Photos 1 - 2 Johnny: Moalboal Philippines

Scolopsis ciliata

Saw-jawed monocle bream, Ciliate spinecheek, Silver-line Spinecheek 

or Whitestreak monocle bream

 Maximum length: 20 cm

Depth: 2 - 20 metres

Below the base of the dorsal fin there is a white longitudinal stripe,

on the side they have several rows of scales with yellow dots.

Swim individually or in small groups over muddy and sandy areas of lagoons

and sheltered coastal reefs.

Photos 1 - 2 Johnny: Lembeh Strait North Sulawesi

Scolopsis ghanam

Arabian monocle bream

 Maximum length: 18 cm

Depth: 1 - 20 m

Often hovers motionless above the bottom to suddenly pick up invertebrates from the sand.

Often accompanied by mullets.

Photos 1 - 2 Johnny: Hurghada Egypt

Photo 3 Astrid: Hurghada Egypt