Pampus cinereus (Bloch, 1795)
Grey pomfret
Pampus cinereus
photo by Liu, J.

Family:  Stromateidae (Butterfishes)
Max. size:  15.85 cm (male/unsexed)
Environment:  benthopelagic; marine
Distribution:  Indo-West Pacific: reported in India, north to Japan, south to the Malayan Peninsula, including Thailand; probably throughout its range.
Diagnosis:  Dorsal soft rays (total): 37-41; Anal soft rays: 36-41; Vertebrae: 36-36. This species is distinguished from its congeners by the following set of characters: D 37-41; A 36-41; anterior rays of dorsal and anal fins have distinct falcate lobes, preceded by 5-10 small blade-like spines embedded in skin and not obvious in larger specimens; anterior lobe of anal fin is greatly extended, reaching behind the peduncle; first anal fin ray originate below 5 th-6 th dorsal fin ray; pectoral fins are extremely long (mean 44.8% of SL); caudal fin deeply forked, with the lower lobe usually longer than the upper one; gill rakers vestigial with 7-10 minute tubercular-like spinules; total vertebrae 36, precaudal 15 and caudal vertebrae 21 (Ref. 95516).
IUCN Red List Status: Not Evaluated (N.E.) Ref. (130435)
Threat to humans:  harmless

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