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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For the three species not fully reported in the logbooks (lancetfish, snake mackerel, and escolar), we used observer catch and effort data which covered about 16% of the fishing effort over the decade.
Sickle pomfret, escolar, and snake mackerel all appear to feed on much of the same prey as the longnose lancetfish so it seems reasonable to assign them all to atrophic level of 3.2 (Nakamura and Parin, 1993).
Albacore tuna, bigeye tuna, blue shark, shortbill spearfish, and striped marlin all showed declining CPUE trends; skipjack tuna, yellowfin tuna, ono, and lancetfish showed no significant trends; and mahimahi, sickle pomfret, escolar, and snake mackerel showed increasing trends (Table 1, Figs.