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Species: Taractichthys steindachneri, Pacific bigscale pomfret, Sickle pomfret

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head profiles convex
rounded between eyes
D & A - very long pointed front lobes
34-38 lateral scales, 5 rows on flank with ridges

Taractichthys steindachneri (Döderlein in Steindachner and Döderlein, 1883)


Sickle pomfret,     Pacific bigscale pomfret


Head and body moderately compressed; body deep (depth 48-58% of SL); snout blunt; head profile curved; 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; small curved canine teeth in bands on both jaws; dorsal fin 33-37, anal fin 26-28; dorsal and anal fins low, with large curved, pointed lobes at front; tail deeply concave; tail base without a keel, but with a well developed transverse groove before tail fin; 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; scales large (34-38), about 5 rows along the flank are ridged; dorsal & anal fins scaly, no scaly sheath along base of those fins;  adults without lateral line.

Black, rear margin of tail fin, outer edges of soft dorsal and anal, and tips of pelvics white.

Reaches 91.4 cm.

Lives in the water column near the bottom at the edge of the continental shelf.

Depth range 50-360 m.

An Indo-Pacific species collected in the SW Gulf of California and also known from California to central Baja.

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  • Marine
  • Marine Only
  • Inshore
  • Offshore
  • In & Offshore
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
  • Bottom + water column
  • Near Bottom
  • Soft bottom (mud/sand/gravel/beach/estuary/mangrove/seagrass)
  • Sand & gravel
  • Water column
FishBase Habitat
  • Bentho-Pelagic
Feeding Group
  • Carnivore
  • No Data
  • No Data
  • Bony fishes
  • Octopus/squid/cuttlefish
Egg Type
  • Pelagic
  • Pelagic larva
  • No data
Global Endemism
  • TEP non-endemic
  • All species
  • Indo-Pacific only (Indian + Pacific Oceans)
Regional Endemism
  • Eastern Pacific non-endemic
  • All species
  • Continent only
  • Tropical Eastern Pacific (TEP) non-endemic
  • Continent
  • Vagrant
Climate Zone
  • North Temperate (Californian Province &/or Northern Gulf of California)
  • Northern Subtropical (Cortez Province + Sinaloan Gap)
IUCN Red List
  • Not evaluated / Listed
  • Not listed
Depth Range Max
  • 360
Depth Range Min
  • 50
Length Max
  • 91.4