Butterfish

Order: 
Perciformes
Family: 
Stromateidae

Marine fish with regularly ossified skeleton. High, fusiform, strongly compressed body, with dorsal and ventral profile convex and similar. Tiny scales. The lateral line runs parallel to the dorsal profile of the body. Small head. Snout short and blunt. Small mouth. Tiny teeth. Eyes also small. A single dorsal fin with long base, the first rays are larger than the following. Caudal fin forked. Anal fin with base slightly shorter than dorsal fin and similar shape. Pectorals inserted in the lower half of the flanks. Ventral fins absent. Color: Iridescent blue intense on dorsum, lighter on the flanks, silvery white ventral zone. Numerous round dark blue spots on upper half of body. Dorsal and caudal fins with dark border, anal fin white. Maximum length: 38 cm.

International Designations

Portugal: 
Pampo pintado
UK: 
Butterfish
Japan: 
Gomashizu
Fishing gears: 
Trawls
FAO code: 
TMB
Scientific name: 
Stromateus brasiliensis
Type: 
Blue fish
Fishing areas: 
Area 41: the Southwestern part of the Atlantic Ocean
Global production (Tons): 
1258
Fishing seasons: 
ENE
FEB
MAR
ABR
MAY
JUN
JUL
AGO
SEP
OCT
NOV
DIC