Animal Species:Black Pomfret, Parastromateus niger
Juvenile and adult Black Pomfret look quite different. The head, body and caudal fin of juveniles are strongly banded. Adults are not banded but are silvery-grey to bluish-brown all over.
Standard Common Name
Black Batfish, Blue Skate, Butterfish, Halibut, Slade, Turbot
Juveniles have well developed pelvic fins which are lacking in adults.
The species occurs in tropical waters of the Indo-west Pacific region. In Australia, it is known from tropical waters of Western Australia, the Northern Territory and northern Queensland.
The map below shows the Australian distribution of the species based on public sightings and specimens in Australian Museums. Source: Atlas of Living Australia.
Distribution by collection data
Juveniles may be associated with jellyfishes.
- Hoese, D.F., Bray, D.J., Paxton, J.R. & G.R. Allen. 2006. Fishes. In Beesley, P.L. & A. Wells. (eds) Zoological Catalogue of Australia. Volume 35. ABRS & CSIRO Publishing: Australia. parts 1-3, pages 1-2178.
- Randall, J.E., Allen, G.R. & R.C. Steene. 1997. Fishes of the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea. Crawford House Press. Pp. 557.
Mark McGrouther , Collection Manager, Ichthyology
Tags fishes, ichthyology, Black Pomfret, Parastromateus niger, Carangidae, juveniles and adults look different, stripes or bands, silver, blueish-brown, Black Batfish, Blue Skate, Butterfish, Halibut, Slade, Turbot, 30 cm - 1 m, tropical water, marine,