Kwajalein Soapfish (Serranidae)

Soapfish are in the grouper family, which also contains the groupers and anthias shown elsewhere on this website. There are two groups of soapfish, commonly called the soapfish and the emperor soapfish, united by the shared characteristic of being able to produce a toxin to deter predators. Four species within these two groups of soapfish are known from Kwajalein.


Grammistes sexlineatus

Pogonoperca punctata

Emperor Soapfish

Belonoperca chabanaudi

Belonoperca pylei

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