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Taxonavigation: Percoidea 

Superregnum: Eukaryota
Cladus: Unikonta
Cladus: Opisthokonta
Cladus: Holozoa
Regnum: Animalia
Subregnum: Eumetazoa
Cladus: Bilateria
Cladus: Nephrozoa
Superphylum: Deuterostomia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Infraphylum: Gnathostomata
Megaclassis: Osteichthyes
Superclassis/Classis: Actinopterygii
Classis/Subclassis: Actinopteri
Subclassis/Infraclassis: Neopterygii
Infraclassis: Teleostei
Megacohors: Osteoglossocephalai
Supercohors: Clupeocephala
Cohors: Euteleosteomorpha
Subcohors: Neoteleostei
Infracohors: Eurypterygia
Sectio: Ctenosquamata
Subsectio: Acanthomorphata
Divisio/Superordo: Acanthopterygii
Subdivisio: Percomorphaceae
Series: Eupercaria
Ordo: Perciformes
Subordo: Percoidei
Superfamilia: Percoidea

Familia: Serranidae
Subfamilia: Grammistinae
Genus: Rypticus
Species: R. bicolor – R. bistrispinus – R. bornoi – R. carpenteri – R. courtenayi – R. maculatus – R. nigripinnis – R. randalli – R. saponaceus – R. subbifrenatus


Rypticus Cuvier, 1829: 144

Type species: Anthias saponaceus ♂ Bloch & Schneider, 1801. Type by subsequent designation. Type designated by Desmarest, 1856: 206


  • Eleutheractis Cope, 1871: 467
  • Promicropterus Gill, 1861: 31
  • Smecticus Valenciennes, 1855: 305


  • Cuvier, G. 1829: Le Règne Animal, distribué d'après son organisation, pour servir de base à l'histoire naturelle des animaux et d'introduction à l'anatomie comparée. Edition 2. 2: i-xv + 1-406.
  • Guimarães, R.Z.P. 1999: Revision, phylogeny and comments on biogeography of soapfishes of the genus Rypticus (Teleostei: Serranidae). Bulletin of Marine Science, 65(2): 337–379.
  • Rypticus – Taxon details on Integrated Taxonomic Information System (ITIS).
  • Rypticus species list in FishBase,
    Froese, R. & Pauly, D. (eds.) 2022. FishBase. World Wide Web electronic publication, www.fishbase.org, version 08/2021.

Vernacular names[edit]

English: Soapfishes