Fish ID: Double-banded Soapfish

Soapfish double banded soapfish diploprion bifasciatum lei
Family Soapfish (SERRANIDAE)
species Diploprion bifasciatum
size To 25cm
locality Coastal reefs
behaviour Solitary or small groups
range Indo-Asian Pacific including Australia

Yellow body, fins and tail, with a black band through the eye, and back half of body also black. Yellow varies from pale almost white to bright. Occasionally, all dark with just yellow fins. (Called soapfish because they release a toxic slime through skin when harassed).