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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When it lies on its side at the surface, the tripletail is sometimes confused for a floating mangrove leaf.

Views Read Edit View history. Adults dark brown or greenish yellow llobotes, silvery grey below; pectorals pale yellow, other fins darker than body; caudal fin with yellow margin Ref. The juveniles have white pectoral fins and a white margin surnamensis their caudal fins.

The tripletail has a compressed and deep body, with a triangular-shaped head. The tripletail is a semi-migratory pelagic fish. Atlantic Tripletail Conservation status. In the spring, tripletails concentrate just offshore of two particular spots: The tripletail has distinctively large and rounded soft dorsal, caudal, and anal fins. Occasionally drifts over reefs Ref.

The tripletail was given its species name because it was discovered in Surinam, in northern South America. Richardson, Lobotes citrinus J. Line drawing of a tripletail.


Atlantic tripletail

It has a triangular head, and as it ages, the forehead grows more dramatically concave. Not available FishBase mirror site: Adult tripletails have varied mottled color patterns, ranging from dark brown to a reddish brown or brown with a tint of gray.

Spawning primarily occurs in the summer along both the Atlantic and the U. Larval tripletails go though four levels of development; preflexion, flexion, postflexion, and transformation. Short description Morphology Morphometrics Dorsal spines total: Tripletails are well known for their unusual behavior of floating just beneath the surface with one side exposed, mimicking a leaf or floating debris.

Food Habits The tripletail is opportunistic, feeding on a variety of prey including small finfish such as gulf menhaden Brevoortia patronusAtlantic bumper Chloroscombrus chrysurus and anchovies Anchoa spp.

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

Tropical and subtropical waters of all surinamensie. They are rarely found north of Chesapeake Bay. Summary page Point data Common names Photos. The bases of the dorsal and anal fins are scaled and the pectoral fins are shorter than the pelvic fins. Juveniles are usually found swimming under patches of Sargassum algae.

Summary page Point data Common names Photos. Although these names are no longer valid, they surnamensis Bodianus triourus BlochLobotes erate CuvierLobotes farkharii CuvierLobotes somnolentus CuvierLobotes citrinus RichardsonLobotes incurvus RichardsonLobotes auctorum GuntherLabotes pacificus Gilbertand Lobotes pacificus Gilbert Atlantic tripletails are found coastally in most, but not all, tropical and subtropical seas.


They are semimigratorial and usrinamensis. Later inthe tripletail was referred to by Bloch as Lobotes surinamensisthe name still in use today. Occasionally drifts over reefs Ref. In the summer, they can be found in bays, sounds and estuaries.

It has appeared in literature under a variety of synonyms. Adult tripletails have varied mottled color patterns which range from dark brown to reddish brown, often with a tint of gray.

A sluggish offshore fish that often floats on its side near the surface in the company of floating objects. Collaborators Pictures Stamps, Coins Misc. Reported as rare visitors in Ponape, Hawaii, and Tahiti Ref. Adult inhabits bays Ref. Juvenile may occur in floating Sargassum and mimic a floating leaf Ref.

Discover Fishes Lobotes surinamensis. It is rare north of the Chesapeake Bay.

Coloration The juveniles are mottled with yellow, brown and black.