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:
- Genus Diplospinus
- Genus Epinnula
- Genus Gempylus
- Genus Lepidocybium
- Genus Nealotus
- Genus Neoepinnula
- Genus Nesiarchus
- Genus Paradiplospinus
- Genus Promethichthys
- Genus Rexea
- Rexea alisae Roberts & Stewart, 1997.
- Long-finned escolar, Rexea antefurcata Parin, 1989.
- Bengal escolar, Rexea bengalensis (Alcock, 1894).
- Short-lined escolar, Rexea brevilineata Parin, 1989.
- Nakamura's escolar, Rexea nakamurai Parin, 1989.
- Royal escolar, Rexea prometheoides (Bleeker, 1856).
- Silver gemfish or Gemfish, Rexea solandri (Cuvier, 1832).
- Genus Rexichthys
- Genus Ruvettus
- Genus Thyrsites
- Genus Thyrsitoides
- Genus Thyrsitops
- Genus Tongaichthys
The longfin escolar, Scombrolabrax heterolepis, was formerly classified in this family, but it is now placed in its own family Scombrolabracidae.