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Big-scale pomfret

The Big-scale pomfret, Taractichthys longipinnis, is a pomfret of the family Bramidae found in the Atlantic Ocean, at depths down to 1640.42 ft (500 m). Its length is between 19.69 and 39.37 in (50 and 100 cm).

The Big-scale pomfret is a deep-bodied pelagic fish with a deeply forked tail, and large eyes near the front of a blunt snout. The pectoral, dorsal, and anal fins are long and scythe-like, longer than the Atlantic pomfret. The scales are twice the size of the Atlantic pomfret and are fringed with curved spines when the fish is young. The mouth contains many rows of fine teeth which assist in feeding upon the small fish and shrimps from the extensive mid-water fauna.

The body and fins are grey with a coppery iridescence.

Big-scale pomfret


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