fishes belonging to the family Bramidae
They are found in the Atlantic, Indian, and Pacific Oceans, and the largest species, the Atlantic pomfret, Brama brama, grows up to one metre long.
Several species are important food fish in some parts of the world, especially Brama brama in south Asia.
There are about twenty species in eight genera:
- Genus Brama
- Brama australis Valenciennes, 1837.
- Atlantic pomfret, Brama brama (Fries, 1837).
- Caribbean pomfret, Brama caribbea Mead, 1972.
- Lesser bream, Brama dussumieri Cuvier, 1831.
- Pacific pomfret, Brama japonica Hilgendorf, 1878.
- Brama myersi Mead, 1972.
- Bigtooth pomfret, Brama orcini Cuvier, 1831.
- Brama pauciradiata Moteki, Fujita & Last, 1995.
- Genus Collybus
- Genus Eumegistus
- Genus Pteraclis
- Genus Pterycombus
- Genus Taractes
- Genus Taractichthys
- Genus Xenobrama
The pomfret is referred to in Salman Rushdie's novel Midnight's Children, particularly in the chapter "The Fisherman's Pointing Finger," where he talks about how the pomfret went into decline as a driver of the economy of Bombay.
- Several species of butterfishes in the genus Pampus are also known as "pomfrets".
- Some species of Pomfret are also known as Monchong, specifically in Hawaiian cuisine.