Gempylidae


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Gempylidae

[jem′pil·ə‚dē]
(vertebrate zoology)
The snake mackerels, a family of the suborder Scombroidei comprising compressed, elongate, or eel-shaped spiny-rayed fishes with caniniform teeth.
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The muscle tissue of the lancetfish consists mainly of white muscles that are responsible for short-term bursts of motion (Sharp and Pirages, 1978: Schmidt-Nielsen, 1979); and its body form allows it to make short impetuous rushing movements, characteristic of many predatory fishes with anguilliform bodies (Trichiuridae, some of the Gempylidae, Muraenidae, Anotopterus pharao, etc.
Kyphosidae Kyphosus cinerascens + (Forsskal, 1775) Gempylidae Gempylus serpens Cuvier, 1829 + Ruvettus pretiosus Cocco, 1829 + Ephippididae Platax spp.