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Noun1.soapfish - fishes with slimy mucus-covered skin; found in the warm Atlantic coastal waters of America
serranid, serranid fish - marine food sport fishes mainly of warm coastal waters
genus Rypticus, Rypticus - a genus of fish of the family Serranidae, including soapfishes
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Revision, phylogeny and comments on biogeography of soapfishes of the genus Rypticus (Teleostei: Serranidae).
Unidentified grouper Grammistidae, Soapfishes 44 Rypticus saponaceus Greater soapfish Priacanthidae, Bigeyes 45 Priacanthus arenatus Bigeye 46 N.
The soapfishes are named for their ability to produce excessive mucus when they are handled or threatened.