Snake mackerel

Snake mackerel

Snake mackerel are perciform fishes in the family Gempylidae.

They are elongate fishes with a similar appearance to barracudas, having a long dorsal fin, usually with one or finlets trailing it. The largest species, including the snoek, Thyrsites atun, grow up to two metres long.

They are deep-water benthopelagic fishes, and several species are important commercial and game fishes.


There are 24 species in sixteen genera:

The longfin escolar, Scombrolabrax heterolepis, was formerly classified in this family, but it is now placed in its own family Scombrolabracidae.


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