Taractes is a genus of 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 Pterycombus and Pteraclis which lack these scales). [1]

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Taractes rubescens
Scientific classification e
Domain: Eukaryota
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Perciformes
Family: Bramidae
Genus: Taractes
R. T. Lowe, 1834
Type species
Taractes asper
Lowe, 1834


There are currently two recognized species in this genus:[2]

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.[1]


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.[1] Despite being found across all seas, they remain difficult to collect and are quite uncommon. [1]


  1. ^ a b c d G. W. Mead (1972). "Bramidae". Dana Report. 81: 1–166.
  2. ^ Froese, Rainer and Pauly, Daniel, eds. (2013). Species of Taractes in FishBase. February 2013 version.