Brama brama (Bonnaterre, 1788)
Atlantic pomfret
photo by Monteiro, P.

Family:  Bramidae (Pomfrets)
Max. size:  100 cm TL (male/unsexed); max.weight: 6,000.0 g; max. reported age: 9 years
Environment:  pelagic-neritic; depth range 0 - 1000 m, oceanodromous
Distribution:  Atlantic, Indian and South Pacific (Ref. 47377). Western Atlantic: Nova Scotia, Canada and Bermuda (Ref. 7251) to Belize and the Antilles (Ref. 26340). Also found in Brazil (Ref. 47377) and in Argentine (Ref. 2806). Eastern Atlantic: central Norway (Ref. 6697) southward to Algoa Bay, South Africa (Ref. 4388). Highly migratory species, Annex I of the 1982 Convention on the Law of the Sea (Ref. 26139).
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 0-0; Dorsal soft rays (total): 35-38; Anal spines: 0-0; Anal soft rays: 29-32; Vertebrae: 41-45. Compressed, deep body with a steeply curved head profile (Ref. 33616). Dorsal and anal fins scaled and with rigid fin rays (Ref. 35388).
Biology:  An oceanic and epipelagic species, also found to 1,000 m depth (Ref. 27121). Occasionally comes close to shore (Ref. 9563). Seasonal migrant occurring in small schools, movements apparently temperature-related. Opportunistic feeder on small fishes, cephalopods, amphipods, and euphausiids. Sold fresh and frozen; eaten steamed, fried, broiled and baked (Ref. 9988).
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 22 May 2013 Ref. (120744)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Luna, Susan M. - 17.10.90
Modified by: Kesner-Reyes, Kathleen - 16.02.17
Checked by: Garilao, Cristina V. - 04.02.97

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