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Also known as:

Black batfish

Blue skate


Black pompano

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Species Name:

Parastromateus niger

Dispatch Method:

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.

Fish Description:

  • 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.

Fish Distribution:

  • 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).