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Species: Taractes rubescens, Black Pomfret, Keeled Pomfret, Keeltail Pomfret

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forehead profile oblique
snout pointed
D & A: long front lobes
tail base: transverse grooves & strong keel
pelvics well developed

Taractes rubescens (Jordan & Evermann, 1887)

Keeltail Pomfret, Black Pomfret, Keeled Pomfret

Head and body compressed, moderately elongated (body depth 36-45% of SL); snout pointed; upper head profile straight, oblique; mouth opens at front, strongly oblique, the rear of the top jaw wide, exposed and covered with scales; top jaw bone exposed, large, scaly; eye large; between eyes flat to concave; 9-11 gill rakers; the single dorsal and anal fins have long bases, similar shapes and sizes, I-III spines; dorsal 30-32 rays originates over pectoral, low, with large pointed lobe at front; anal 21-23 rays low, with longer, pointed front lobe; tail fin strongly concave; tail base with a large, long keel made of fused scales, and a well developed transverse groove before tail fin; pectoral 19-22 rays; low on body, long, reaches past front lobe of anal fin; pelvics not tiny, 13-19% of SL, inserted just before pectoral base; scales large, cover body, nape, cheeks, operculum, and top jaw, scaleless areas above and behind eye; dorsal & anal fins scaly, no scaly sheath along base of those fins; adults without lateral line; juveniles with very long fins.

Black body and fins, white crescent on tail, white on tail keel, pectorals and inner rays of pelvic.

Size: 80 cm.

Habitat: oceanic pelagic.

Depth: 0-600 m, usually at mid-depths.

Atlantic, W Pacific and E Indian Ocean; S Carolina to the SE Caribbean.

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  • Marine
  • Marine Only
  • Offshore
  • Offshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Mid Water
  • Near Bottom
  • Near Surface
  • Surface
  • Water column only
  • Water column
FishBase Habitat
  • Bentho-Pelagic
  • 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 only
  • Extends N + S of GC
  • Extends North of GC
  • Extends South of GC
  • GC non-endemic
  • All species
  • Vagrant
Climate Zone
  • Equatorial (0-10N, Costa Rica / Venezuela)
  • Subtropical (23-35N, Florida / Carolinas / Bermuda)
IUCN Red List
  • Least concern
  • Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 80
Depth Range Min
  • 0
Depth Range Max
  • 600