Image: Sickle Pomfret, Taractichthys steindachneri

Sickle Pomfret, Taractichthys steindachneri

A Sickle Pomfret caught on hook and line at a depth of about 200 m, off Bermagui, New South Wales, June 2013. The fish was apparently good eating.

Ivan Bennett
© Ivan Bennett


The Sickle Pomfret is a circumglobal species that is sometimes caught as bycatch by longline tuna fishers.  In Australia it occurs in Queensland and New South Wales waters.

Thank you to Michael Higgins for sending the photograph.


  1. 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.
  2. Last, P.R. & M. Moteki. 2001. Bramidae. Pomfrets. Carpenter, K.E. & V.H. Niem (ed). pp 2824-2836. In The Living Marine Resources of the Western Central Pacific. Vol. 5. FAO species identification guide for Fishery purposes. FAO, Rome.

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