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Rypticus saponaceus  (Bloch & Schneider, 1801)

Greater soapfish
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Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Perciformes (Perch-likes) > Serranidae (Sea basses: groupers and fairy basslets) > Grammistinae
Etymology: Rypticus: Greek, ryptikos, -e, -on = easy to wash (Ref. 45335).

Environment / Climate / Range Ecology

Marine; reef-associated; depth range 1 - 62 m (Ref. 58047), usually 2 - 35 m (Ref. 40849).   Tropical; 33°N - 35°S, 98°W - 19°E

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Western Atlantic: Bermuda and southern Florida, USA to Brazil. Eastern Atlantic: Mauritania to Angola, including St. Paul's Rocks (Ref. 13121), Cape Verde, St. Helena and Ascension islands. One record from Cape of Good Hope, South Africa (Ref. 7320).

Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 35.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 26999); common length : 25.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 3632)

Short description Morphology | Morphometrics

Dorsal spines (total): 3; Dorsal soft rays (total): 23-25. Pale spots about the size of the pupil or smaller on body and some on dorsal fin (Ref. 13442).

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

A solitary species (Ref. 26340) inhabiting shallow water on bottoms with eroded limestone or mixed sand and rocks, as well as around reefs. Often found lying motionless against rocks (Ref. 13121). Secretes copious mucus which makes its surface slimy and when disturbed the slime turns into a soapy foam. The mucus has been shown to contain a toxic protein (Ref. 3632). Nocturnal, frequently seen around the bases of coral colonies and near mouths of caves (Ref. 26938).

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Main reference Upload your references | References | Coordinator : Heemstra, Phillip C. | Collaborators

Robins, C.R. and G.C. Ray, 1986. A field guide to Atlantic coast fishes of North America. Houghton Mifflin Company, Boston, U.S.A. 354 p. (Ref. 7251)

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 115185)

CITES (Ref. 115941)

Not Evaluated

CMS (Ref. 116361)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans

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Fisheries: subsistence fisheries; aquarium: commercial
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Estimates of some properties based on models

Preferred temperature (Ref. 115969): 23.4 - 28, mean 26.5 (based on 708 cells).
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805):  PD50 = 0.5010   [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.01122 (0.00425 - 0.02961), b=3.06 (2.84 - 3.28), in cm Total Length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245).
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278):  4.1   ±0.5 se; Based on diet studies.
Resilience (Ref. 69278):  Medium, minimum population doubling time 1.4 - 4.4 years (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153):  Low to moderate vulnerability (34 of 100) .
Price category (Ref. 80766):   Very high.