As its standard name implies, the Flathead Pomfret has a flattened head. The species occurs in most oceans.
The Flathead Pomfret has a broad head, the top profile of which is straight or only slightly arched when viewed from the side. The large eyes are positioned close to the top margin of the head. This species is silvery when alive but fades to dark brown, grey or black after capture.
The Flathead Pomfret occurs in most oceans. In Australia it is known from south-eastern Australian waters, from the central coast of New South Wales to off southern Tasmania.
The map below shows the Australian distribution of the species based on public sightings and specimens in Australian Museums. Source: Atlas of Living Australia.
Ozcam map of Flathead Pomfret specimens in the Australian Museums. http://ozcam.ala.org.au/occurrences/search?q=taractes%20asper&cql=sn&csy=Squaremaps2/mapam.jsp?cqn=balistoides%20viridescens&zoom=off#mapView
- Last, P. & M. Baron. 1994. Pomfret Resources of Australia. Australian Fisheries. August 1994. Supplement. Pp. 6.
- Mead, G.W. 1972. Bramidae. Dana Report 81: Pp. 166.