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Species: Brama dussumieri, Lesser Bream, Lowfin Pomfret

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D 34
A 27
gill rakers 13-15
pectoral 20, clear
57-65 lateral scales

Brama dussumieri Cuvier in Cuvier & Valenciennes, 1831

Lowfin Pomfret, Lesser Bream

Head and body compressed, an elongate oval tapering to slender tail base; body relatively deep (depth 51-58% of SL); head profile convex; snout short, bluntly rounded; between eyes strongly rounded; mouth opens at front, strongly oblique, lower jaw projecting, the rear of the top jaw wide, exposed and covered with scales; lower jaws meet along entire centerline underneath head; 13-15 gill rakers; the single dorsal and anal fins have long bases, similar shapes and sizes, I-III spines; dorsal originates over pectoral base, low with distinct lobe at front; anal low, without front lobe; dorsal 33-35 (usually 34) rays; anal 26-28 (usually 27) rays; pectoral usually 20 low on body, long, reaches to ~ middle of anal fin; pelvics small, but >25% of SL, inserted low on flank, under rear of pectoral base; tail base, without transverse groove before tail fin; tail deeply concave; scales small, cover body, nape, cheeks, operculum, and top jaw; dorsal & anal fins scaly; 57-65 scales along side; scales on tail base and tail fin intergrade smoothly in size; no keel of scales along belly.

Dark grey, with metallic reflections; dorsal and tail dark, latter with pale margin; anal, pectoral and pelvic clear.

Size: 19 cm.

Habitat: oceanic pelagic.

Depth: 0-400 m.

Circumtropical; N Carolina to Venezuela.

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  • Marine
  • Marine Only
  • Offshore
  • Offshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Mid Water
  • Near Surface
  • Surface
  • Water column only
  • Water column
FishBase Habitat
  • Pelagic
Feeding Group
  • Carnivore
  • Data
  • Data
  • Bony fishes
  • Octopus/squid/cuttlefish
  • Pelagic crustacea
Egg Type
  • Data
  • Pelagic
  • Pelagic larva
Global Endemism
  • All species
  • Circumtropical ( Indian + Pacific + Atlantic Oceans)
  • Greater Caribbean non-endemic
Regional Endemism
  • Also in Brazil
  • Continent
  • Continent + Island (s)
  • Extends N + S of GC
  • Extends North of GC
  • Extends South of GC
  • GC non-endemic
  • Island (s)
  • All species
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Equatorial (0-10N, Costa Rica / Venezuela)
  • Subtropical (23-35N, Florida / Carolinas / Bermuda)
  • Temperate (>35N)
  • Tropical (10-23N, Nicaragua / Cuba)
IUCN Red List
  • Least concern
  • Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 19
Depth Range Min
  • 0
Depth Range Max
  • 400