Snake mackerel
  • Gempylus serpens
  • English Name : Snake mackerel
  • Local Name : Ali tholhi
  • Size : Max. 1 m (standard length)
  • Distinctive Characters: Dorsal fin divided. First part followed by 5-7 finlets. Anal fin with 10-12 rays and greately elongate and strongly compressed. Two lateral
  • Colour: Uniformily dark grey brown with light metallic pectoral fin base. Fins dark brown with darker margins.
  • Family : Order : Specimen : GEMPYLIDAE Perciformes MRS/P0186/88
  • Habitat and Biology: Oceanic. Occurs at depths to at least 200 m or more. Often found near surface at night, attracted by night light. Feeds on a wide variety of fishes, crustaceans and cephalopods.
  • Distribution: Worldwide in warm waters.
  • Remarks: The specimen of Gempylus serpens on which this report is made was caught by longline from R. V. Matha Hari about 30 miles east of Lhaviyani Atoll on 10th February 1988.