Animal Species:Barred Soapfish, Diploprion bifasciatum (Kuhl & Hasselt, 1828)
The Barred Soapfish can be recognised by its pale to bright yellow colouring, black bar on the head and a wide black bar on it's body. It occurs primarily in tropical inshore and coral reef waters.
A Barred Soapfish caught off North Keppel Island
Photographer: Larry & Wendy Gathercole © Larry & Wendy Gathercole
Standard Common Name
Two-banded Soapfish, Yellow Emperor.
The Barred Soapfish has a moderately deep body that is mostly covered with small ctenoid scales. There is a deep notch between the spinous and soft-rayed portions of the dorsal fin. The pelvic fins are long, reaching beyond the spinous portion of the anal fin.
The species is pale to bright yellow with a black bar on the head and a wide black bar on the body.
It grows to about 25 cm in length.
The Barred Soapfish occurs in the Western Pacific. In Australia is known from south-western Western Australia, around the tropical north of the country and south to the central coast of New South Wales.
The map below shows the Australian distribution of the species based on public sightings and specimens in Australian Museums. Source: Atlas of Living Australia.
Distribution by collection data
The Barred Soapfish is a benthic species that occurs primarily in tropical inshore and coral reef waters.
- Kuiter, R.H. 2000. Coastal Fishes of South-eastern Australia. Gary Allen. Pp. 437.
- Randall, J.E., Allen, G.R. & R.C. Steene. 1997. Fishes of the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea. Crawford House Press. Pp. 557.
Mark McGrouther , Senior Fellow
Tags fishes, ichthyology, Barred Soapfish, Diploprion bifasciatum, Serranidae, Grammistidae, yellow, black bar, stripes or bands, tropical water, coral reef, Two-banded Soapfish, Yellow Emperor, deep body, 10 cm - 30 cm, marine, benthic,