Significance to humans

Some stromateoid species are of commercial importance locally, especially in Japan and Southeast Asia. Among the most important species are the silver pomfret (Pampus argen-teus), with a yearly catch ranging from 11,000 to 18,000 tons (11,177-18,289 t) between 1990 and 1995; the Indian ari-omma (Ariomma indicum), with a yearly catch reported at 9,000 tons/9,144 t off Africa; and the American butterfish (Peprilus triacanthus). Most other species are of little or no importance commercially. All species are harmless.

1. Black ruff (Centrolophus niger); 2. Man-of-war fish (Nomeus gronovii); S. Butterfish (Peprilus triacanthus). (Illustration by Dan Erickson)

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