(OTHER) - Serranidae
Seabasses (Serranidae) are a large family, including Groupers and ("true") Hamlets, which are covered elsewhere (follow links). This page covers those species not included in the other groupings.
All Serranids have pupils shaped like watermelon/ pumpkin seeds.
Latin, serranus = derived from saw, fish saw.
The Soapfishes (Subfamily Grammistinae) are distinguished somewhat by their ability to produce a "soaplike" secretion from their skin when stressed, containing the toxic peptide grammistin, which acts as a deterrent against predators.