The eating qualities of these fish can be greatly improved if they are killed immediately by iki jime or a firm knock to the head before placing them in an ice slurry after bleeding.
- This species has a laterally compressed, diamond shaped body, which is largely dark brown/black in colour.
- Adults have no pelvic fins, however juveniles have four dark vertical bars and black pelvic fins.
- This species feeds mainly on zooplankton.
- Black pomfret occur throughout the tropical Indo-Pacific region from the east African coast, to Japan and northern Australia.
- Juveniles may enter estuaries while adults frequent coastal waters around inshore rocky and coral reefs.
- They are found mainly near the bottom during the day, and near the surface at night swimming on their sides.
- Small juveniles are often associated with jellyfish.
Fish Size Common Length:
Common between 25-30 cm (10-12 inches) long, maximum size around 75 cm (2.5 feet) and 4-6 kg (9-12 pounds).