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Species: Nealotus tripes, Black snake-mackerel

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elongate, slender, compressed
long head; large eye
D XX-XXI, deep notch, long base
D & A: 2 finlets behind
pelvic = 1 tiny spine
A: II free spines, 1st large
1 straight LL

Nealotus tripes Johnson, 1865

Black snake-mackerel

Elongate, slender, compressed; head long, pointed, top profile straight; eye large; mouth large, horizontal, oat front, lower jaw a little projecting; teeth large, conical, large fangs at front top jaw; dorsal fin with long base, (XX-XXI), deep notch between 2 parts, 2nd dorsal with shorter base, 2 finlets after; anal fin with II free spines at front (1st a large dagger),  then 15-19 rays, 2 finlets at end; each pelvic fin = 1 tiny spine; tail fin forked; 1 straight lateral line along length of body; skin smooth, scales small, smooth.

Blackish brown; dorsal and anal clear; inside mouth and gill chamber black.

Size: 30 cm.

Habitat: oceanic pelagic.

Depth: 0-1646 m.

Circumtropical; Newfoundland to Uruguay.


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Salinity
  • Marine
  • Marine Only
Inshore/Offshore
  • Offshore
  • Offshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Surface
  • Water column only
  • Mid Water
  • Near Surface
Habitat
  • Water column
FishBase Habitat
  • Pelagic
  • Bathypelagic
Feeding Group
  • Carnivore
  • Data
Diet
  • Pelagic crustacea
  • Bony fishes
  • Octopus/squid/cuttlefish
Egg Type
  • Pelagic
  • Pelagic larva
  • Data
Global Endemism
  • Greater Caribbean non-endemic
  • Circumtropical ( Indian + Pacific + Atlantic Oceans)
Regional Endemism
  • Extends N + S of GC
  • Island (s)
  • Continent + Island (s)
  • Continent
  • Also in Brazil
  • Continental primarily
  • Extends North of GC
  • GC non-endemic
  • Extends South of GC
Residency
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Subtropical (23-35N, Florida / Carolinas / Bermuda)
  • Temperate (>35N)
  • Equatorial (0-10N, Costa Rica / Venezuela)
  • Tropical (10-23N, Nicaragua / Cuba)
IUCN Red List
  • Not evaluated / Listed
CITES
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 30
Depth Range Min
  • 0
Depth Range Max
  • 1646