• English Name : Escolar
  • Local Name : Rongu theyomas
  • Size : Max. 2 m (standard length)
  • Family : GEMPYLIDAE
  • Order : Perciformes
  • Distinctive Characters: First dorsal fin with 8-9 spines. Second dorsal fin with 16-18 rays, followed by 4-6 finlets. Anal fin with 1 or 2 compressed spines, 12-14 rays and 4-5 finlets. Pectoral fin with 15-17 rays. Body moderately elongate and slightly compressed. Caudal peduncle with large keel flanked by two smaller ones. Lateral line single, distinct and wavy.
  • Colour: Body uniformly dark brown, becoming almost black with age.
  • Habitat and Biology: Pelagic and oceanic. Found at depths of 200 m or more. Feeds on a wide variety of
    fishes, crustaceans and cephalopods. Distribution: Warm oceanic waters of the world.
  • Remarks: Like other Gempylids, Lepidocybium flavobrunneum is a moderately deep water fish. However, it does come up to the surface at night. Its flesh is very oily and causes stomach upset if eaten.
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