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A sea fish popular in Far Eastern cooking. There are two distinct varieties in these waters the 'white' (pampus argenteus) [photographed] and the smaller 'black' (formio niger) - both have good flesh, but as the names suggest, they are unrelated.

A fish called a promfret also occurs in the Mediterranean, this is the 'Stromateus Fiatola', and is of only mediocre quality.

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