DIPLOPRION BIFASCIATUM - (CUVIER, 1828)
Actinopterygii (Class) > Perciformes (Order) > Serranidae (Family) > Diploprioninae (Subfamily) > Diploprion (Genus)
Barred soapfish, Two banded grouper, Two-banded sea perch, Yellow emperor, Yellow striped grouper, Savon à deux bandes,
Diploprion bifasciatus (Cuvier, 1828)
Marine; reef-associated; depth range 1 - 100 m, usually 5 - 50 m.
Dorsal spines (total): 8; Dorsal soft rays (total): 13-16; Anal spines: 2; Anal soft rays: 12 - 13. Body compressed, its width 3.3-4 in depth. Normally yellow, but sometimes nearly all black and juveniles take-on colors of the local venomous Meiacanthus blennies that are yellow or grey. Max length : 25.0 cm.
Indo-West Pacific: Maldives and India to Papua New Guinea, north to southern Japan, south to Lord Howe Island - New Caledonia.
Mainly in coastal habitats in semi-silty conditions; also found near caves and crevices in rocky and coral reefs from a few meters to at least 100 m. A predator that feeds on surprisingly large prey, swallowed whole through its expandable jaws. Feeds mainly on fishes. Secretes the skin toxin grammistin under stress.