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Superregnum : Eukaryota
Cladus: Unikonta
Cladus: Opisthokonta
Cladus: Holozoa
Regnum: Animalia
Subregnum: Eumetazoa
Cladus: Bilateria
Cladus: Nephrozoa
Superphylum: Deuterostomia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Infraphylum: Gnathostomata
Megaclassis: Osteichthyes
Superclassis/Classis: Actinopterygii
Classis/Subclassis: Actinopteri
Subclassis/Infraclassis: Neopterygii
Infraclassis: Teleostei
Megacohors: Osteoglossocephalai
Supercohors: Clupeocephala
Cohors: Euteleosteomorpha
Subcohors: Neoteleostei
Infracohors: Eurypterygia
Sectio: Ctenosquamata
Subsectio: Acanthomorphata
Divisio/Superordo: Acanthopterygii
Subdivisio: Percomorphaceae
Series: Pelagiaria
Ordo: Scombriformes

Familia: Bramidae
Genus: Taractes
Species: T. asper - T. rubescens

Taractes Lowe, 1843

Taractes – Taxon details on Integrated Taxonomic Information System (ITIS).
Taractes species list in FishBase,
Froese, R. & Pauly, D. (eds.) 2022. FishBase. World Wide Web electronic publication,, version 08/2021.

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Taractes is a genus of marine ray-finned fishes from the family Bramidae, the pomfrets. Taractes can be distinguished from other bramid genera but having a flat, or slightly curved profile, between the eyes (unlike the definitive arched profile present in the other genera) and by having scales on both the dorsal and anal fins (unlike Pterycombusef = and Pteraclis which lack these scales). [2]

There are currently two recognized species in this genus:[3]

Taractes asper R. T. Lowe, 1843 (Rough pomfret)
Taractes rubescens (D. S. Jordan & Evermann, 1887) (Pomfret)

These two species are easily distinguished from one another as adults. Adult T. rubescens develop a dense, bony keel on the caudal peduncle that is thought to be composed of enlarged, fused scales, which are absent in T. asper. Additionally, adult T. rubescens lack a noticeable lateral line, which is typically present in adult T. asper.[2]

The genus is widely distributed across both Atlantic and Pacific oceans. T. asper has been documented to possess range from the Norwegian Sea to the Sea of Japan and Cape of Good Hope in Southern Africa. T. rubescens has been documented in the Gulf of Mexico and the Eastern and Central Pacific Ocean.[2] Despite being found across all seas, they remain difficult to collect and are quite uncommon. [2]


Eschmeyer, William N.; Fricke, Ron & van der Laan, Richard (eds.). "Genera in the family Bramidae". Catalog of Fishes. California Academy of Sciences. Retrieved 13 November 2020.
G. W. Mead (1972). "Bramidae". Dana Report. 81: 1–166.
Froese, Rainer and Pauly, Daniel, eds. (2013). Species of Taractes in FishBase. February 2013 version.

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