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Taractes rubescens (Jordan &. Evermann, 1887)
Steinegeria rubescens Jordan and Evermann, 1887; Keeltail Pomfret

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Taractes rubescens
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Taractes rubescens

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Main identification features Head and body compressed; snout pointed; head profile straight, oblique; top jaw bone exposed, large, scaly; mouth at front, strongly oblique; eye large; between eyes flat to concave; dorsal originates over pectoral, low, with large pointed lobe at front; anal low, with longer, pointed front lobe; tail deeply concave, with large, long keel made of fused scales on its base; pectoral low on body, long, reaches past lobe of anal fin; pelvics small, inserted just before pectoral base; scales large, cover body, nape, cheeks, operculum, and top jaw, scaleless areas above and behind eye; dorsal & anal fins scaly; dorsal 30-32 rays; anal 21-23 rays; pectoral 19-22 rays; 9-11 rakers on 1st gill arch; adults without lateral line; juveniles with very long fins.

Black body and fins, white crescent on tail, white on tail keel, pectorals and inner rays of pelvic.

Size: 80 cm.

Habitat: oceanic pelagic.

Depth: 0-400 m.

Pacific and Atlantic; Costa Rica to Peru, the Galapagos, Cocos and Malpelo.

Abundance: Common.
Cites: Not listed.
Climate Zone: Equatorial (Costa Rica to Ecuador + Galapagos, Clipperton, Cocos, Malpelo); South Temperate (Peruvian Province ).
Depth Range Max: 400 m.
Depth Range Min: 0 m.
Diet: Pelagic crustacea; bony fishes; octopus/squid/cuttlefish.
Eastern Pacific Range: Northern limit=10; Southern limit=-9; Western limit=-93; Eastern limit=-78; Latitudinal range=19; Longitudinal range=15.
Egg Type: Pelagic; Pelagic larva.
Feeding Group: Carnivore.
FishBase Habitat: Bentho-Pelagic.
Global Endemism: East Pacific + Atlantic (East +/or West); Transisthmian (East Pacific + Atlantic of Central America); East Pacific + all Atlantic (East+West); All Pacific (West + Central + East); TEP non-endemic; "Transpacific" (East + Central &/or West Pacific); All species.
Habitat: Water column.
Inshore Offshore: Offshore; Offshore Only.
IUCN Red List: Not evaluated / Listed.
Length Max: 80 cm.
Regional Endemism: Island (s); Continent; Continent + Island (s); Tropical Eastern Pacific (TEP) non-endemic; Eastern Pacific non-endemic; All species.
Residency: Resident.
Salinity: Marine; Marine Only.
Water Column Position: Mid Water; Near Surface; Surface; Water column only;

Scientific source:

Links to other sites

  • BÚarez, P., 1996., Lista de los Peces Marinos del Ecuador Continental., Revista de Biologia Tropical, 44:731-741.
  • Fischer , W. , Krup , F. , Schneider , W. , Sommer , C. , Carpenter , K. E. and Niem, V. H., 1995., Guia FAO para la Identificacion de Especies de para los fines de la Pesca. Pacifico Centro-Oriental. Volumen II. Vertebrados - Parte 1., FAO2:647-1200.
  • Jimenez-Prado, P., BÚarez, P., 2004., Peces marinos del Ecuador continental / Marine fishes of continental Ecuador., SIMBIOE/NAZCA/IFEA tomo 1 y 2.
  • Jordan , D.S. and Evermann, B.W., 1887., Description of six new species of fishes from the Gulf of Mexico, with notes on other species., Proc. U.S. Nat. Mus., 9:466-476.
  • Jordan , D.S. and Evermann, B.W., 1896., The fishes of North and Middle America: a descriptive catalogue of the species of fish-like vertebrates found in the waters of North America, north of the Isthmus of Panama. Part I., Bull. U.S. Nat. Mus., 47:1-1240.


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Taractes rubescens ( Jordan & Evermann , 1887 )

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Actinopteri (ray-finned fishes) > Scombriformes (Mackerels) > Bramidae (Pomfrets)
Etymology: Taractes: Greek, taraktes = confusion; for the pletora of names that have been applied to this fish (Ref. 45335 ) .  More on authors: Jordan & Evermann .

Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range Ecology

Marine; benthopelagic; oceanodromous (Ref. 51243 ); depth range - 600 m (Ref. 82736 ), usually - m (Ref. ).   Tropical; 0°C -

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Pacific and Atlantic: widely distributed in tropical waters (Ref. 559 ). Eastern Central Pacific: Costa Rica to Peru. Eastern Atlantic: off west Africa. Western Atlantic: Gulf of Mexico, Trinidad. Not known from the Indian Ocean (Ref. 4936 ). Recently reported in Aden Gulf, Arabian Sea (Ref. 85285 ). Highly migratory species, Annex I of the 1982 Convention on the Law of the Sea (Ref. 26139 ).

Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: L m   ?   range ? - ? cm
Max length : 89.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 97146 ); common length : 30.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 55763 )

Short description Morphology | Morphometrics

Dorsal spines (total): 0; Dorsal soft rays (total): 30-32; Anal spines : 0; Anal soft rays : 21 - 23. Caudal peduncle with a strong keel formed of enlarged and fused scales. Scaleless areas above and behind the eyes. Lateral line in adults obsolete. Fins of juveniles very long. Attains 70 cm SL.

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

Adults occur from shallow water to about 600 m depth offshore (Ref. 82736 ). Often solitary (Ref. 82736 ).

Life cycle and mating behavior Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae

Main reference Upload your references | References | Coordinator : Thompson, Bruce | Collaborators

Gomes, J. , 1990. Bramidae. p. 758-764. In J.C. Quero, J.C. Hureau, C. Karrer, A. Post and L. Saldanha (eds.) Check-list of the fishes of the eastern tropical Atlantic (CLOFETA). JNCT, Lisbon; SEI, Paris; and UNESCO, Paris. Vol. 2. (Ref. 4936 )

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 124695 )

  Least Concern (LC)  ; Date assessed: 29 January 2013


Not Evaluated

CMS (Ref. 116361 )

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans


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Fisheries: commercial FAO - Publication: search | FishSource |

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Estimates based on models

Preferred temperature (Ref. 115969 ): 12.7 - 26.1, mean 18.6 °C (based on 1171 cells). Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805 ):  PD 50 = 0.7500   [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high]. Bayesian length-weight: a=0.01122 (0.00514 - 0.02450), b=3.04 (2.87 - 3.21), in cm total length, based on all LWR estimates for this body shape (Ref. 93245 ). Trophic level (Ref. 69278 ):  4.4   ±0.6 se; based on size and trophs of closest relatives Resilience (Ref. 120179 ):  High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months (Fec > 10,000). Vulnerability (Ref. 59153 ):  High vulnerability (64 of 100) . Price category (Ref. 80766 ):   High . Nutrients (Ref. 124155 ):  Calcium = 54.4 [27.0, 99.5] mg/100g ; Iron = 0.537 [0.270, 0.976] mg/100g ; Protein = 19 [17, 21] % ; Omega3 = 0.249 [0.142, 0.421] g/100g ; Selenium = 65 [31, 126] ╬╝g/100g ; VitaminA = 63 [22, 184] ╬╝g/100g ; Zinc = 0.766 [0.459, 1.224] mg/100g (wet weight);

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