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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Feeds on benthic crustaceans and small fish Ref. When it lies on its side at the surface, the tripletail is sometimes confused for a floating mangrove leaf. Atlantic tripletails do not have many predators, but the main ones are sharks and larger teleosts. The Atlantic tripletail is the only fish in the family Lobotidae that can be found in the Atlantic Ocean.

They also feed on invertebrates such as blue crabs and brown shrimpas well as other benthic crustaceans. Japan, Fiji, and Tuvalu as well as in the tropical and subtropical waters surrounding Surinamfnsis.

Lobotes surinamensis, Tripletail : fisheries, gamefish, aquarium

Large congregations of tripletails during the summer months in the inshore and nearshore waters of coastal Georgia suggest this area is a critical estuarian spawning habitat for the species. The Atlantic tripletail has scales that extend onto ssurinamensis dorsalanaland caudal fins and a head profile that concaves as the fish ages. A few tons of Atlantic tripletails are fished commercially on the east and west coasts of Florida, and marketed fresh, frozen, or salted.

Estimates of some properties based on models Preferred temperature Ref. Collaborators Pictures Stamps, Coins Misc. Native range All suitable habitat Point map Year They are rarely found north of Chesapeake Bay.


New England and Bermuda southward to Argentina Ref. Parasites Parasites of the tripletail include the copepods Anuretes heckelii which is found on the wall of the branchial cavities and Sirinamensis pupa that is parasitic on the gill filaments.

They are mainly caught using haul seinesgill netsand line gear. Low to moderate vulnerability 35 of This is thought to be a feeding strategy because of the locality of their prey items and the floating structures associated with this behavior.

Atlantic tripletail

Retrieved 8 June Young fishes are also often found in or near shipwrecks, beams or supports, jetties, flotsam and sea buoys. Cuvier, Lobotes farkharii G. Records from eastern central to southeastern Pacific need further confirmation and may refer to Lobotes pacificus. Predators The tripletail does not have many predators, however, mainly sharks and larger teleosts feed on this fish. The larval forms of Atlantic tripletails resemble those of boarfishessome jacks, spadefishesand bass.

Richardson, Lobotes citrinus J. It is normally solitary, but under some conditions the tripletail may form schools. Parasites of the tripletail include the copepods Anuretes heckelii which affects the branchial cavitiesLernanthropus pupa which affects the gill filaments, and Scianophilus tenius.

A sluggish offshore fish that often floats on its side near the surface in the company of floating objects. In the spring, tripletails concentrate just offshore of two particular spots: Juveniles are often found swimming under patches of Sargassum algae.

Sounds Ciguatera Speed Swim. Tripletails are well known for their unusual behavior of floating just beneath the loboyes with one side exposed, mimicking a leaf or floating debris. Adult tripletails have varied mottled color patterns which range from dark brown to reddish brown, often with a tint of gray.


The eyes are small, but the mouth is large. The name “tripletail” is given because of the fish’s three rounded fins: Records from eastern central to southeastern Pacific need further confirmation and may refer to Lobotes pacificus. Reproduction Spawning primarily occurs in the summer along both the Atlantic and the U.

Adult inhabits bays Ref. It is also found in the eastern Atlantic: However, the average weight is between 2. Discover Fishes Lobotes surinamensis. Adults dark brown or greenish yellow above, silvery grey below; pectorals pale yellow, other fins darker surinamesis body; caudal fin with yellow margin Ref.

The eyes are relatively small, and its mouth is large. The juveniles have white pectoral fins and a white margin on the caudal fin. Gulf of Mexico coasts, with peaks during the months of July and August.

The tripletail was given its species name because it was discovered in Surinam, in northern South America. Rounded caudal fin that appear as single 3-lobed fin Ref. Feeds on benthic crustaceans and small fish Ref. The transition from a larval tripletail to a juvenile occurs between 0.

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