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Pomfrets are perciform fishes belonging to the family Bramidae. The family includes about 20 species.

Pomfret
Brama brama.jpg
Atlantic pomfret, Brama brama
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Bramidae

Lowe, 1836
General[1]

Brama
Eumegistus
Pteraclis
Pterycombus
Taractes
Taractichthys
Xenobrama

They are found in the Atlantic, Indian, and Pacific Oceans, and the largest species, the Atlantic pomfret, Brama brama, grows up to 1 m (3.3 ft) long. The fish meat is white in color.

Some species of pomfrets are also known as monchong, specifically in Hawaiian cuisine.[2]

Several species are important food sources for humans, especially Brama brama in the South Asia. The earlier form of the pomfret's name was "pamflet", a word which probably ultimately comes from Portuguese pampo, referring to various fish such as the blue butterfish (Stromateus fiatola).

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Froese, Rainer, and Daniel Pauly, eds. (2013). "Bramidae" in FishBase. February 2013 version.
  2. ^ "Sickle Pomfret (Monchong)". www.hawaii-seafood.org. Retrieved 10 April 2016.