Size9 inches (23 cm)
DietSmall fishes and benthic invertebrates
HabitatHovering over sand patches close to coral reefs
- Coloration is olive or grayish-brown on upper part of the body; bottom half is pearly-white. Two narrow yellow stripes on the head; black-edged white bar runs from the mouth to the base of the soft dorsal fin.
- Some geographical variations exist, particularly between individuals from the Indian and Pacific Oceans. Pacific variety has yellow stripes and a yellow dorsal fin; the Indian forms lack the yellow coloration.
- Juvenile’s coloration is brown with yellow stripes on the upper body.
- Maximum length of 9 inches (23 cm).
The two-lined monocle bream can grow to a length of nine inches (23 cm)
- Diet consists of small fishes and benthic invertebrates.
- Occurs in the Indo-Pacific near the Maldives, Laccadive Islands, Sri Lanka, Andaman Sea, Western Australia, and from the Ryukyu Islands south to Eastern Australia and east to New Caledonia and Fiji.
- Found hovering over sand patches close to coral reefs at depths to 82 feet (25 m).
- Juvenile is common inshore, in lagoons or rubble zones
- Occurs singly or in small aggregations; adult usually appears in pairs near coral reefs.
- Juvenile resembles several unpalatable sabertooth blennies that possess venomous fangs, providing it with protection from predators. This is called “mimicry” – the similarity in external appearance or behavior of two species of animals, in which at least one derives an advantage from the similarity.
- Also called the “bridled monocle bream” in Australia and the “two-line spinecheek.”
- Coral Sea Reef Guide. Halstead, B., pg. 162
- Reef Fish Identification -Tropical Pacific. Allen, G.; Steene, R.; Humann, P. and Deloach, N., pg. 83