Kwajalein Soapfish and Swissguard Basslets (Serranidae)

Soapfish and Swissguard Basslets 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. In addition, there is one known swissguard basslet.


Grammistes sexlineatus

Pogonoperca punctata

Emperor Soapfish

Belonoperca chabanaudi

Belonoperca pylei

Swissguard Basslets

Liopropoma tonstrinum

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