Taxonomy

Gempylus serpens Cuvier, 1829, Tropic of Cancer. OTHER COMMON NAMES

French: Escolier serpent; Spanish: Escolar de canal. PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS

Maximum length approximately 40 in (1 m), commonly to 24 in (60 cm). Body greatly elongate and strongly compressed. Tips of upper and lower jaws with cartilaginous processes. Three immovable and zero to three movable fangs anteriorly in upper jaw. First dorsal fin long with 26-32 spines, second dorsal fin with 11-14 soft rays followed by five or six finlets. Caudal fin well developed. Scales absent except on posterior part of body.

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