Other identification tools | FishBase

Fish Identification: Find Species

Family: Gempylidae Snake mackerels

(See list of species below)

Select Class:     Select Order:   
Select Family: Subfamily:     Select Genus:

Select Ocean (marine/brackish) or Continent (freshwater):
Select a country:
Only include species occuring above: m

Total number of spines in dorsal and anal fins (optional).      Enter total length (TL) and maximum body depth (BD)

Show family drawings / Hide family drawings

24 species in
(see list below)
Export file

1 of 1 Jump to:

24 species

Sort by: Species Length Year
1 of 1 Jump to:
Export file
Scientific Name English Name Distribution Max. Length (cm) Year
Diplospinus multistriatus Striped escolar Atlantic, Indian and Paci 33 SL 1948
Epinnula magistralis Domine Western Central Atlantic 100 SL 1854
Gempylus serpens Snake mackerel Worldwide in tropical and 100 SL 1829
Lepidocybium flavobrunneum Escolar Tropical and temperate se 200 SL 1843
Nealotus tripes Black snake mackerel Atlantic, Indian and Paci 25 SL 1865
Neoepinnula americana American sackfish Western Atlantic 22 SL 1953
Neoepinnula orientalis Sackfish Indo-West Pacific 30 SL 1924
Nesiarchus nasutus Black gemfish Probably distributed worl 130 SL 1862
Paradiplospinus antarcticus Antarctic escolar Southern Ocean 52 SL 1960
Paradiplospinus gracilis Slender escolar Southeast Atlantic 52 SL 1906
Promethichthys prometheus Roudi escolar Tropical and warm tempera 100 SL 1832
Rexea alisae Western Pacific 30.9 SL 1997
Rexea antefurcata Long-finned escolar Southeast Pacific 72.5 SL 1989
Rexea bengalensis Bengal escolar Indo-West Pacific 22 SL 1894
Rexea brevilineata Short-lined escolar Southeast Pacific 43 SL 1989
Rexea nakamurai Nakamura's escolar Indo-West Pacific 38 SL 1989
Rexea prometheoides Royal escolar Indo-West Pacific 40 SL 1856
Rexea solandri Silver gemfish Southwest Pacific 110 SL 1832
Rexichthys johnpaxtoni Paxton's escolar Western Pacific 22 SL 1987
Ruvettus pretiosus Oilfish Circumtropical and temper 300 TL 1833
Thyrsites atun Snoek Southwest Atlantic 200 SL 1791
Thyrsitoides marleyi Black snoek Indo-West Pacific 200 TL 1929
Thyrsitops lepidopoides White snake mackerel Southwest Atlantic 40 SL 1832
Tongaichthys robustus Tonga escolar Pacific Ocean 30 SL 1983

Other identification tools in FishBase

Quick Identification
Identification keys
Identification by morphometrics
Identification by pictures:
          If you already know the Family, go to Search FishBase, select Family and click on 'Identification by pictures' to display all available pictures in FishBase for the family.

          If you already know the Country, go to
Search FishBase, select Country and click on 'Identification by pictures' to display all available pictures in FishBase for the country.

          If you already know the Ecosystem, go to
Search FishBase, select Ecosystem and click on 'Identification by pictures' to display all available pictures in FishBase for the ecosystem.
cfm script by eagbayani, 30.11.04, ,  php script by cmilitante, 05/11/2010 ,  last modified by cmilitante, 14/03/2013