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| Common names: snake-mackerel (English), escolar (Espanol) |
Gempylus serpens Cuvier, 1829
Very elongate and slender; snout pointed; eye large; lower jaw pointed, projecting; teeth large, conical, spaced apart, top jaw with fangs at front; 1st dorsal long and low (XXVI-XXXII); 2nd dorsal I, 11-14, then 5-7 finlets; anal fin 2 free spines then I, 3-4, then 6-7 finlets; pelvics tiny; tail forked; pelvics tiny; 2 obvious lateral lines, on body, 1 along entire mid-side, other along under 1st dorsal fin; skin smooth, scales small; no keel on belly.
Dark brown to blackish, with silvery reflections, fins grey-brown with darker margins.
Size: 125 cm.
Habitat: oceanic, surface to midwater.
Depth: 0-1000 m.
Circumtropical; throughout our region (except for most of the Gulf of California), south to Chile.