Pomapano Family
Florida Pompno [family Carangidae (Jacks & Pompanos)]

These are deep bodied ocean fish of family Carangidae (Jacks and Pompanos). and are prized eating fish worldwide. The family is, however, a bit confusing because some pompanos are called Butterfish and Pomfret while some fish from those families are called "Pompano".

More on Varieties of Fish (large page).

Black Pomfret   -   [C. Parastromateus niger]
Whole Black Pampano

Actually not a Pomfret but a Pompano (the two families look a lot alike), this is an Indo-West Pacific fish ranging from the north coast of Australia to southern Japan and from Africa to Borneo. It can grow to 29 inches but the photo specimen was 10-1/2 inches and weighed just over 15 ounces, toward the large size seen in the markets. Black pomfret vary in darkness - the photo specimen is darker than many. Though highly commercial this is a fast breeding fish and not considered threatened.   Details and Cooking.

Pompano   -   [Trachinotus carolinus (Florida Pompano, Common Pompano); Trachinotus blochii (Golden Pompano, Asian Pompano)]
whole Florida Pompano

Pompano is a highly preferred eating fish. The specimen in the photo was marketed as "Golden Pompano" which is supposed to be T. blochii but it looks more like Florida Pompano T. carolinus. T. blochii has a much longer dorsal fin. Both can vary in shape because they tend to get more elongated as they become older and larger. Florida wild caught pompanos are very expensive (actually this fish is found from Massachusetts to Brazil). Both species are farmed commercially and I wouldn't be at all surprised at hybrids of the two. T. carolinus can grow to 25 inches and T. blochii to 43 inches but the photo specimen was 12-1/4 inches and weighed 1 pound 9 ounces, at the high end of market size here in Los Angeles.   Details and Cooking.

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