Colour - Body dark brown with yellow stripes; small juveniles with spots, specimens up to 5 cm SL with 3 stripes, specimens at least 8 cm SL with 6 stripes, the number of stripes increases and may break into a series of dashes in large adults.
Goldenstriped soapfish's facts
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The name "Soapfish" is derived from the soapy toxic secretion that they produce when stressed. The toxins in the secretions are known as grammistins.
Goldenstriped soapfish's Behavior & Ecology
Inhabits coastal waters over corals and rocky substrates. Usually hides beneath ledges and small caves during the day and are most active at night. Small juveniles have only two white stripes, dividing with growth into numerous lines. The lines break-up into dashes and spots when adult.
Goldenstriped soapfish's Feeding
Feeds on fishes.
Goldenstriped soapfish habitat
Grammistes sexlineatus inhabits coastal waters over corals and rocky substrates and usually hides beneath ledges and small caves during the day (Randall 1986, Fischer et al. 1990, Kuiter and Tonozuka 2001). Small juveniles have two white stripes dividing with growth into numerous lines and the lines break-up into dashes and spots when adult (Kuiter and Tonozuka 2001). The maximum recorded length for this species is 30 cm total length (TL) (Lieske and Myers 1994).
This species feeds on other fishes and has toxin producing glands in the dermis (Bagnis et al. 1972, Randall 1986).