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Species: Diplospinus multistriatus, Striped Escolar

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v elongate
thin dotted stripes
D > 60 spines + rays
1 LL
pelvic = tiny spine
anus midway between snout & C

Diplospinus multistriatus Maul, 1948

Striped Escolar

Body extremely elongate and compressed; anus midway between tip of snout and tip of tail fin, a head-length in front of anal spines; head ~17% SL, mouth long, lower jaw projecting; tip of top jaw with a conical skin knob; top jaws with 3 pairs of fixed fangs and 3-4 pairs of movable fangs at front; lower jaws with 1 pair fixed fangs at front; dorsal fin XXX-XXXVI + 35-44, base of 2nd dorsal half that of 1st dorsal; anal fin with II free spines, 28-35; pectoral short, round, 11-13; pelvic fins reduced to a tiny spine, under base of pectoral; tail fin small, forked; 1 lateral line, curves gently down and runs along close to ventral body profile rearwards of the center of the 1st dorsal fin.

Silvery; body with narrow dark dotted lines; gill membranes black.

Reaches 36 cm.

Oceanic, pelagic.

Depth: 50-1000 m, migrating into shallower water at night.

Circumtropical; northern US to Brazil.

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  • Marine
  • Marine Only
  • Offshore
  • Offshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Mid Water
  • Near Bottom
  • Water column only
  • Water column
FishBase Habitat
  • Bathypelagic
  • Pelagic
Feeding Group
  • Carnivore
  • Data
  • Data
  • Bony fishes
  • Pelagic crustacea
Egg Type
  • Data
  • Pelagic
  • Pelagic larva
Global Endemism
  • All species
  • Circumtropical ( Indian + Pacific + Atlantic Oceans)
  • Greater Caribbean non-endemic
Regional Endemism
  • Also in Brazil
  • Continent
  • Continent + Island (s)
  • Extends N + S of GC
  • Extends North of GC
  • Extends South of GC
  • GC non-endemic
  • Island (s)
  • All species
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Equatorial (0-10N, Costa Rica / Venezuela)
  • Subtropical (23-35N, Florida / Carolinas / Bermuda)
  • Temperate (>35N)
  • Tropical (10-23N, Nicaragua / Cuba)
IUCN Red List
  • Least concern
  • Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 36
Depth Range Min
  • 50
Depth Range Max
  • 1000