|Family||Scientific Name||Author||Year||Common Name|
|Serranidae||Rypticus maculatus||Holbrook||1855||Whitespotted Soapfish|
All Rypticus — Anal fin with no spine and 13-17 rays. Gill opening restricted dorsally, with most of dorsal edge of operculum bound by skin to the body.
Unique Characters: Dorsal-fin spines usually 2. Body with distinct, small, pale spots; jaws and belly uniformly pale. Pores on lower jaw and preopercle single, distinct.
Similar Species: Greater Soapfish Rypticus saponaceus. Dorsal-fin spines 3. Body with pale blotches; jaws and belly mottled. Pores on lower jaw and preopercle margin numerous, small, in scattered patches.