Range Description: Lobotes surinamensis is found in tropical and subtropical waters of the Atlantic, Indian, and Indo-West Pacific Oceans. In the eastern Atlantic. Lobotes surinamensis (Bloch, ). Accessed through: World Register of Marine Species at: ?p=taxdetails&id= Tripletail, Lobotes surinamensis. Source: Ross D. Robertson & D. & J. Van Tassell / Shorefishes of the Greater Carribean. License: CC by.

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There has been one report of a tripletail caught off the coast of California. Larval tripletails go though four levels of development; preflexion, flexion, postflexion, and transformation. Sounds Ciguatera Speed Swim. They can be found in bays, sounds, and estuaries during the summer.

Tropical and subtropical waters of all oceans. All articles with dead external links Articles with dead external links from October Articles with permanently dead external links Use dmy dates from June Articles with ‘species’ microformats. Dentition The tripletail has no teeth on the vomer and palatine.

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Reported as rare visitors in Ponape, Hawaii, and Tahiti Ref. In the spring, tripletails concentrate just offshore of two particular spots: Japan, Fiji, and Tuvalu as well as in the tropical and subtropical waters surrounding Australia.


The juveniles have white pectoral fins and a white margin on their caudal fins. It is rare north of the Chesapeake Bay. The name “tripletail” is given because of the fish’s three rounded fins: The larval forms of Atlantic tripletails resemble those of boarfishessurinamnsis jacks, spadefishesand bass.

WoRMS – World Register of Marine Species – Lobotes surinamensis (Bloch, )

They are rarely found north of Chesapeake Bay. Phylogenetic diversity index Ref.

A sluggish offshore fish that often floats on its side near the surface in the company of floating objects. The eyes are small, but the mouth is large.

Lobotes surinamensis, Tripletail : fisheries, gamefish, aquarium

Predators The tripletail does not have many predators, however, mainly sharks and larger teleosts feed on this fish. Another known parasite of the tripletail is Scianophilus tenius. It has a triangular head, and as it ages, the forehead grows more dramatically concave. Juveniles are often found swimming under patches of Sargassum algae. Distinctive Features Tripletails have small scales extending onto the dorsal, caudal and anal fins and a head profile which becomes more concave with age.

Marketed fresh, frozen, or salted. Geographical Distribution World distribution map for the tripletail The tripletail is found from Massachusetts and Bermuda to Argentina, including both the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea.


Normally solitary, they have been known to form schools. The larval forms of tripletail resemble those of boar fishes, some jacks, spade fishes and bigeyes. Native range All suitable habitat Point map Year This is thought to be a feeding strategy because of the locality of their prey items and the floating structures associated with this behavior. It is normally solitary, but under some conditions the tripletail may form schools.

By the time the larvae reach 0. The juveniles have white pectoral fins and a white margin on the caudal fin. Florida Saltwater Fishing Bag Limits: The tripletail is found coastally in most tropical and subtropical seas.

Atlantic tripletail

Sign our Guest Book. Order — Perciformes Family — Lobotidae Genus — Lobotes Species — surinamensis Common Names English language common names are Atlantic tripletailblack grunt, black perch, bouyfish, conchy leaf, dusky tripletail, dusky triple-tail, flasher, sleepfish, triple lobotess, tripletail, and triple-tail.

Atlantic Tripletail Conservation status. They are semimigratorial and pelagic. Juvenile may occur in floating Sargassum and mimic a floating leaf Ref.