Neoepinnula americana (Grey, 1953)
American sackfish
Neoepinnula americana
photo by NOAA\NMFS\Mississippi Laboratory

Family:  Gempylidae (Snake mackerels)
Max. size:  22 cm SL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  benthopelagic; marine; depth range 184 - 457 m
Distribution:  Western Atlantic: known only from the Gulf of Mexico, Yucat√°n Channel, Caribbean Sea off Venezuela, off Suriname, and off southern Brazil (Ref. 47377).
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 27-27; Dorsal soft rays (total): 17-20; Anal spines: 3-3; Anal soft rays: 17-20. There are two lateral lines on the sides, both originating above the upper angle of the gill opening. Sometimes the lower lateral line branches off from the second or third tubular scale of the upper lateral line. The sides are silvery, the back brown; the first dorsal fin is blackish, the second dorsal fin black anteriorly; the buccal cavity is pale, and the branchial cavity pale to dusky.
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 12 October 2018 Ref. (126983)
Threat to humans:  harmless

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