By Bob Goemans
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 Belonoperca chabanaudi (Chabanaud’s Soapfish, Arrowhead Soapfish)

Belonoperca chabanaudi
Fowler & Bean, 1930

Chabanaud’s Soapfish, Arrowhead Soapfish

Not Reef Tank Suitable

Likely Fish-Only Tank Suitable


These fishes belong in the Order Perciformes and the Suborder Percoidei as members of the Family Serranidae (Groupers & Anthias), which consists of 3 subfamilies, 62 genera, with 450+ species. Within this large family are the Tribes Diploprionini and Grammistini containing various genera of 'soapfishes' that contain mucus that can kill aquarium tankmates.

Care needs to be taken with these fishes, as stress caused by tankmates or poor diet can be fatal to not only itself, but all its tankmates.

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