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  Common names: snake-mackerel (English), escolar (Espanol)
Nealotus tripes Johnson, 1865

Black snake-mackerel,     Striped snake-mackerel

Elongate, slender, compressed; head long, pointed, top profile straight; eye large; mouth large, horizontal, at front, lower jaw projects; teeth large, conical, large fangs at front top jaw; dorsal with long base, (XX-XXI), deep notch between 2 parts, 2nd  16-19, 2 finlets after; anal fin with II free spines at front (1st  a large dagger, 2nd  small and parallel to body), then 15-19 rays, 2 finlets at end; pelvics tiny; tail 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   


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