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  Common names: pomfret (English), tristón (Espanol)
Taractichthys steindachneri 1883)

        Sickle Pomfret     Pacific bigscale pomfret

        Head and body moderately compressed; body deep (depth 48-58% of SL); snout blunt; head profile curved; head arched and rounded between eyes; eyes large, more than ½ eye diameter below the nearest part of the upper head profile; mouth at front, strongly oblique; small curved canine teeth in bands on both jaws; dorsal fin 33-37, anal fin 26-28; dorsal and anal fins low, with large curved, pointed lobes at front; tail deeply concave; tail base without a keel, but with a well developed transverse groove before tail fin; pectoral low on body, long, reaches well past front lobe of anal fin; pelvics small (length 7-9% of SL), inserted just before pectoral base; scales large (34-38), about 5 rows along the flank are ridged; dorsal & anal fins scaly, no scaly sheath along base of those fins;  adults without lateral line.

Black, rear margin of tail fin, outer edges of soft dorsal and anal, and tips of pelvics white.

Reaches 91.4 cm.

Lives in the water column near the bottom at the edge of the continental shelf.

Depth range 50-360 m.

An Indo-Pacific species collected in the SW Gulf of California and also known from California to central Baja.


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