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Species: Taractichthys longipinnis, Bigscale Pomfret

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forehead profile convex
snout rounded
D & A - long front lobes
tail base: transverse grooves, no keel
pelvics small

Taractichthys longipinnis (Lowe, 1843)

Bigscale Pomfret

Head and body moderately compressed; body deep (depth 48-58% of SL); snout blunt, rounded; head profile convex; head arched and rounded between eyes; eyes large, more than ½ eye diameter below the nearest part of the upper head profile; mouth at front, strongly oblique, the rear of the top jaw wide, exposed and covered with scales; small curved canine teeth in bands on both jaws; the single dorsal and anal fins have long bases, similar shapes and sizes, I-III spines; dorsal and anal fins low, with large, curved, pointed lobes at front; dorsal fin 33-38, anal fin 26-30; pectoral low on body, long, reaches well past front lobe of anal fin; pelvics small (length 7-9% of SL), inserted just before pectoral base; tail deeply concave; tail base without a keel, but with well developed transverse grooves before tail fin; scales large 39-46 (usually 42-45), and spiny in individuals up to 40 cm, about 5 rows along the flank are ridged; dorsal & anal fins scaly, no scaly sheath along base of those fins; adults without lateral line.

Dark silvery grey body and fins.

Reaches 130 cm.

Lives in the water column.

Depth range: 50-1000 m?

Temperate to tropical Atlantic, Nova Scotia to Brazil.

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  • Marine
  • Marine Only
  • Inshore
  • Inshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Mid Water
  • Near Surface
  • Water column only
  • Water column
FishBase Habitat
  • Pelagic
Feeding Group
  • Carnivore
  • Data
  • Data
  • Bony fishes
  • Octopus/squid/cuttlefish
Egg Type
  • Data
  • Pelagic
  • Pelagic larva
Global Endemism
  • All species
  • Atlantic + Pacific 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
  • Subtropical (23-35N, Florida / Carolinas / Bermuda)
  • Temperate (>35N)
  • Tropical (10-23N, Nicaragua / Cuba)
IUCN Red List
  • Least concern
  • Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 130
Depth Range Min
  • 50
Depth Range Max
  • 1000