Flathead Pomfret, Taractes asper Lowe 1843

Other Names: Rough Pomfret

A Flathead Pomfret, Taractes asper, from the Outer Bay of Plenty, Alderman Trough west of Koruenga Knoll, New Zealand, 1994, NMNZ P.031284. Source: Museum of New Zealand, Te Papa Tongarewa. License: CC By Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives

A silvery pomfret fading to dark grey to brown or black after capture, with a broad flattened area on the head above the large eyes that are positioned near the top of the head.

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Bray, D.J. 2018, Taractes asper in Fishes of Australia, accessed 19 May 2024, https://fishesofaustralia.net.au/home/species/2365

Flathead Pomfret, Taractes asper Lowe 1843

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Off central New South Wales to the South Tasman Rise, Tasmania. The species is circumglobal with an antitropical distribution, and has been recorded west of south Western Australia, so likely occurs in oceanic waters off Australian's south coast.

Species Citation

Taractes asper Lowe 1843, Proc. Zool. Soc. London 11: 82. Type locality: Madeira.


Bray, D.J. 2018


Australian Faunal Directory

Flathead Pomfret, Taractes asper Lowe 1843


Last, P.R. & Baron, M. 1994. Rays bream: a new pelagic fishery? Australian Fisheries 53(8): 19-22 

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Lowe, R.T. 1843. Notices of fishes newly observed or discovered in Madeira during the years 1840, 1841 and 1842. Proceedings of the Zoological Society of London 11: 81-95 

Mead, G.W. 1972. Bramidae. Dana Reports 81: 1-166 figs 1-58 pls 1-9 

Moteki, M. & Nagasawa, K. 1998.  Distribution of the rough pomfret, Taractes asper (Bramidae), in the central North Pacific Ocean. Ichthyological Research 45(4): 419-423.

Parin, N.V. & Shcherbachev, Yu.N. 1998. Taractes asper (Bramidae) in the waters of California. Journal of Ichthyology 38(4):338-339.

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Stewart, A.L., Struthers, C.D. & . Last, P.L. 2015. 180 Family Bramidae, pp. 1263-1271, in Roberts, C.D., Stewart, A.L. & Struthers, C.D. (eds). The Fishes of New Zealand. Wellington : Te Papa Press Vol. 4 pp. 1153-1748.

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CAAB Code:37342008

Depth:1-140 m


Max Size:50 cm SL

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