Scientific Name
Brama japonica  
Brama japonica日本烏魴
by: Lab of Fish Ecol. and Evo., BRCAS
Author Hilgendorf, 1878 Depth 0 - 400M
Chinese 日本烏魴 Poisonous Fish No 
Family_Chinese 烏魴科 Economic Fish Yes 
Family F367 Bramidae Edible Fish Yes  Chinese In Mainland China 日本烏魴 
Max Length 61 cm  Aquarium Fish No  Common Name 深海三角仔、黑飛刀、黑皮刀 
Distribution in World North Pacific Ocean   Distribution in Taiwan West、North 
Habitats Ocean、Deep Sea  Holotype Locality Japanese seas 
Synonyms Brama raii   
Reference 臺灣魚類誌(沈等, 1993)  Seki, M.P. etc. 1991 Seki, M. P. etc. 1993 沈世傑 編 Shih-Chieh Shen ed. 1993 
Specimen List ASIZP0055625. ASIZP0066858. ASIZP0070746. ASIZP0070846. ASIZP0804803. ASIZP0914803. FRIP20288. FRIP20504. NMMBP01851. NMMSTP00501. NTOU-AE6203. NTUM03841.  
Common Name Pomfret; Ray's bream; Pacific pomfret; Bigtooth pomfret 
Redlist Status NL Not in IUCN Redlist     
Characteristic Body very deep, very compressed; forehead moderately arched. Upper lip fused to head just forward of anterior nostril. Eye subequal or slightly larger than snout. Palatine and vomerine teeth small and sometimes absent. Total gill rakers in first gill arch 17 to 20. Dorsal fin originating about above pectoral-fin base; dorsal and anal fins mostly covered by scales, no sheath of scales at their bases, fins depressed; no anal-fin lobe; dorsal-fin rays 33-36; anal-fin rays 27-30. Scales in horizontal series 65-75. Vertebrae 39-41. Body dark gray with silvery iridescence, slightly darker dorsally; underside of pectoral-fin base pale or dusky; vertical fins dark; pectoral and pelvic fins translucent.
habitats Oceanic species which occurs near the surface to 400 m depth. Ascending to surface waters at night. Feeds on crustaceans, small fishes and squid. Rarely caught inshore. Highly migratory species. 
Distribution Distributed in the Pacific Ocean from Japan to Bering Sea, and south to Peru. Reported from the Philippines and Taiwan. It is found in northern Taiwanese waters. 
Utility A good quality foodfish. Marketed mainly fresh.