barred soapfish

Scientific name Diploprion bifasciatum
Descriptor Cuvier
Year of description 1828
IUCN category LC
Family Liopropomatidae
Genus Diploprion
Diploprion bifasciatum Diploprion bifasciatum


Diploprion bifasciatum, commonly known as barred soapfish, is a salt water fish.

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Who is it?


  • Average size
    16 cm
  • Maximum size
    25 cm
  • Shape
  • Pattern
    vertical stripes
  • Average size
    16 cm
  • Maximum size
    25 cm
  • Shape
  • Pattern
    vertical stripes

How to recognize the barred soapfish ?

The barred soapfish measures between 16 and 25 cm. This fish is bicolore with a predominantly jaune and noir body. The also has vertical stripes.

Behaviour & Life cycle

  • diet
  • Sociability
  • territorial
  • Way of living

The barred soapfish is a fish solitary naturally found near the bottom. This species is carnivorous .

Although the barred soapfish is non-territorial, it is sometimes aggressive towards other species.


  • Reproduction
    ovipare qui pond en eau libre
  • Hermaphrodite

The barred soapfish is a fish ovipare qui pond en eau libre. always born female. Growing up, individuals will change sex to become male, this is called successive hermaphroditism of the protogynous type.

Harmless species

This species does not represent any particular threats to humans when encountered in its natural environment.

Where to find it?

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What is its habitat?

Natural environment characteristics

  • Temperature
    25 - 29 °C
  • Depth
    1 - 100 m

Biotope presentation

The barred soapfish is most often found at a depth between 1m and 100m. However, it is not impossible to find this species at other depths.

Species of the same biotope

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