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.

Soapfish


Grammistes sexlineatus


Pogonoperca punctata

Emperor Soapfish


Belonoperca chabanaudi


Belonoperca pylei

Swissguard Basslets


Liopropoma tonstrinum

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