Taractes asper Lowe, 1843
Rough pomfret
Taractes asper
photo by JIMAR/NMFS - Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center

Family:  Bramidae (Pomfrets)
Max. size:  50 cm SL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  pelagic-oceanic; marine; depth range 1 - 140 m, oceanodromous
Distribution:  Circumglobal: In tropical to temperate waters. Western Pacific: Japan (Ref. 559). Eastern Pacific: Alaska to southern California, USA. Eastern Atlantic: Madeira to Iceland and northern Norway (Ref. 6697); Cape Province, South Africa (Ref. 4388). Western Indian Ocean: southern Madagascar and Natal, South Africa (Ref. 4388); Maldives (Ref. 30829). Highly migratory species, Annex I of the 1982 Convention on the Law of the Sea (Ref. 26139).
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 0-0; Dorsal soft rays (total): 31-34; Anal spines: 0-0; Anal soft rays: 23-26. Lateral line generally present. Dorsal profile of head between eyes flat or slightly convex, not notably arched. Dorsal and anal fins with scales.
Biology:  Occurs offshore in warm and temperate waters (Ref. 6697). May spawn widely in the subtropics (Ref. 6697).
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 12 October 2018 Ref. (126983)
Threat to humans:  harmless

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