Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Perciformes
(Perch-likes) > Bramidae
Etymology: Taractichthys: Greek, taraktes = confusion; for the pletora of names that have been applied to this fish + Greek, ichthys = fish (Ref. 45335).
Environment / Climate / Range
Marine; benthopelagic; oceanodromous (Ref. 51243); depth range 50 - 700 m (Ref. 58488). Tropical
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 60.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 4388); max. published weight: 11.0 kg (Ref. 4388); max. reported age: 8 years (Ref. 4388)
soft rays: 26 - 28;
Vertebrae: 44 - 46. Body covered with large hard scales, each with a spine. Anterior lobes of dorsal and anal fins high, but changing in shape and height with growth; both fins covered with scales, not depressible in a groove. There are no areas without scales above nor behind the eye. Adults without a lateral line. Attains 60 cm SL.
Indo-Pacific and Eastern Central Pacific: East Africa to California, USA. References to Taractichthys longipinnis in the Indo-Pacific are considered misidentifications of this species. Highly migratory species, Annex I of the 1982 Convention on the Law of the Sea (Ref. 26139).
Occurs along the shelf edge (Ref. 11230).
Smith, M.M., 1986. Bramidae. p. 633-636. In M.M. Smith and P.C. Heemstra (eds.) Smiths' sea fishes. Springer-Verlag, Berlin.
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 90363)
CITES (Ref. 94142)
Threat to humans
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Estimates of some properties based on empirical models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.7500 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=-1.76000 (nan - nan), b=2.98 (2.76 - 3.20), based on LWR estimates for this Subfamily-BS (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 4.3 ±0.6 se; Based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 69278
): Medium, minimum population doubling time 1.4 - 4.4 years (tmax=8).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): High vulnerability (55 of 100) .