Diplospinus multistriatus

Striped escolar
Characteristic features:

Silver with narrow dark dotted lines along body; gill membranes black.


Up to 35 cm TL.


Circumglobal in offshore, tropical and subtropical waters.


Mesopelagic, oceanic, from 100 to 1,000 m depth.


Feeds primarily on small fishes and crustaceans. Migrate upward at night to 100-200 m, forms schools at greater depths during the day.

Similar species:

Gempylus serpens
Snake mackerel

Gempylus serpens

Gempylus serpens differs in having a distance from anus to anal-fin origin less than or about equal to eye diameter (vs. much greater than eye diameter) and dorsal-fin elements >60 (vs. <56).

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