Slender Escolar, Paradiplospinus gracilis (Brauer 1906)

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In Australian waters the Slender Escolar has only been captured off southern Tasmania.

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Slender Escolar, Paradiplospinus gracilis (Brauer 1906)

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Known only from southern Africa and southern Australia. In Australian waters this species has only been recorded from southern Tasmania. An oceanic species, benthopelagic, in depths of 368-626 m. Juveniles pelagic, most likely mesopelagic.


D XXXV-XXXVIII, 0, 0, 26-30; A II, 24-29.

Body very elongate and compressed. Body depth 12-16 times into standard length. Head length 4.5-4.9 times into standard length. Three pairs of rigid, and 1-3 pairs of depressible fang-like teeth in upper jaw. One pair of fang-like teeth in lower jaw. Length of second dorsal fin base roughly one-third of first dorsal fin base.


Body and fins brownish-black.




Mature at around 35 cm (standard length).


Of no interest to fisheries.




The specific name is from the Latin, gracilis, meaning slender.

Species Citation

Lepidopus gracilis Brauer, 1906, Die Tiefsee-Fische. I. Systematischer Teil.15: 291, Pl. 12 (fig. 5), Off western coast of South Africa, 21°53'S, 6°58'06"E, depth 1400 meters.


Schultz, S.

Slender Escolar, Paradiplospinus gracilis (Brauer 1906)


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Hoese, D.F., D.J. Bray, J.R. Paxton, & G.R. Allen. 2006. Fishes. in Beesley, P.L. & A. Wells. (eds) Zoological Catalogue of Australia. Volume 35. ABRS & CSIRO Publishing: Australia. parts 1-3, pages 1-2178.

Nakamura, I. and N. V. Parin. FAO species catalogue. Vol. 15. Snake mackerels and cutlassfishes of the world (Families Gempylidae and Trichiuridae). An annotated and illustrated catalogue of the snake mackerels, snoeks, escolars, gemfishes, sackfishes, domine, oilfish,cutlassfishes, scabbardfishes, hairtails, and frostfishes known to date. FAO Fisheries Synopis. No. 125, Vol. 15. 1993. 136 p., 200 figs.

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