Shorefishes of the Eastern Pacific online information system

Español  Contact

Species: Nealotus tripes, Black snake-mackerel, Striped snake-mackerel

All Families:   All Genera:   All Species:

elongate, slender, compressed
long head; large eye
D1 XX, long base
D2 & A: 2 finlets behind
1 straight LL
pelvic = 1 tiny spine
A: II free spines, 1st large

Nealotus tripes Johnson, 1865

Black snake-mackerel, Striped 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: 0-820 m.

Circumtropical; known from the southern half of our region to Chile.

High Resolution Map Download

Species Data Create Report Export as Word File Export as Excel File
  • Marine
  • Marine Only
  • Offshore
  • Offshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Near Surface
  • Water column only
  • Mid Water
  • Surface
  • Water column
FishBase Habitat
  • Bathypelagic
Feeding Group
  • Data
  • Carnivore
  • Pelagic crustacea
  • Data
  • Bony fishes
  • Octopus/squid/cuttlefish
Egg Type
  • Pelagic
  • Pelagic larva
  • No data
Global Endemism
  • All Pacific (West + Central + East)
  • "Transpacific" (East + Central &/or West Pacific)
  • Circumtropical ( Indian + Pacific + Atlantic Oceans)
  • All species
  • East Pacific + all Atlantic (East+West)
  • TEP non-endemic
  • Transisthmian (East Pacific + Atlantic of Central America)
  • East Pacific + Atlantic (East +/or West)
Regional Endemism
  • Continent
  • Continent + Island (s)
  • Tropical Eastern Pacific (TEP) non-endemic
  • Eastern Pacific non-endemic
  • All species
  • Island (s)
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Northern Tropical (Mexican Province to Nicaragua + Revillagigedos)
  • Equatorial (Costa Rica to Ecuador + Galapagos, Clipperton, Cocos, Malpelo)
  • South Temperate (Peruvian Province )
IUCN Red List
  • Not evaluated / Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 30
Depth Range Min
  • 0
Depth Range Max
  • 820