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Any of several chiefly marine fishes of the family Lobotidae, especially Lobotes surinamensis of tropical and subtropical waters, having prominent dorsal and anal fins that resemble extra tails.


n, pl -tail or -tails
(Animals) any percoid fish of the family Lobotidae, esp Lobotes surinamensis, of brackish waters of SE Asia, having tail-like dorsal and anal fins


(ˈtrɪp əlˌteɪl)

a large W Atlantic food fish, Lobotes surinamensis, with dorsal and anal fins extending to the tail.
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Noun1.tripletail - large food fish of warm waters worldwide having long anal and dorsal fins that with a caudal fin suggest a three-lobed tailtripletail - large food fish of warm waters worldwide having long anal and dorsal fins that with a caudal fin suggest a three-lobed tail
percoid, percoid fish, percoidean - any of numerous spiny-finned fishes of the order Perciformes
genus Lobotes, Lobotes - type genus of the Lobotidae
Atlantic tripletail, Lobotes surinamensis - tripletail found from Cape Cod to northern South America
Lobotes pacificus, Pacific tripletail - tripletail found in the Pacific
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There's] a fair bit of speculation - it could have been a cod, could have been a groper, and one guy I think might have nailed it when he said it was what they call a tripletail," he said, adding: "I've seen a lot of fish and its pectoral fin right down near the tail looked a bit odd, sort of looked like it had a joint there, and if it had the same on the other side that could be exactly what it is.
Caption: Stacey Gordon of Merritt Island caught the hefty (17-pound) tripletail on a dead shrimp Just offshore of Port Canaveral.
As she hangs up the phone another customer walks up and asks for tripletail.
Some fishermen say if a grouper and snapper were to mate, the result would be a tripletail, which has the sweetness of the snapper and the thick, white, flaky flesh of a grouper.
Supplementing those already mentioned species, and opening up an entirely new arena for the bait, fly and drop-shot enthusiast, are variations of grunter and rock cod, as well as incidental catches of the delicious tripletail.
We joined Ron Hall on his motorboat to fish for redfish, tripletail and cobia where the Gulf meets the Suwannee.
It was taken to the National Museum Wales, Cardiff, where it was identified as an Atlantic Tripletail.
The lowest average mercury levels were observed in vermilion snapper, tripletail (blackfish), dolphin (mahi mahi), flounder, and gray triggerfish.
TABLE I NAMES AND IDENTIFICATION OF FISH AND OTHER ANIMALS English Vernacular Identification Code * Atlantic cutlassfish Espada Trichiurus lepturus ESP Linnaeus, 1758 Atlantic tripletail Prejereba Lobotes surinamensis PRE (Bloch, 1790) Blue crab Siri Callinectes danae SIR Smith, 1869 Broadband anchovy Manjuba Anchoviella MAN lepidentostole (Fowler, 1911) Catfish Bagre Bagre bagre BAG (Linnaeus, 1766), Cathorops spixii (Agassiz, 1829), Genidens genidens (Valenciennes, 1839), Sciadeichthys luniscutis (Valenciennes, 1840) Croaker Corvina Micropogonias COR furnieri (Desmarest, 1823) Leathetjacket Salteira Oligoplites saliens SAL (Bloch & Schneider, 1801) Menhaden Savelha Brevoortia pectinata SAV (Jenyns, 1842) Mojarra Vivoca Eugerres spp.
20 caught a tripletail, a rare perchlike fish typically found about 1,000 miles south of the waters between Dana Point and San Onofre, where it was caught.