A FISHMONGER’S TAXONOMY

IMPORTANT FISH FAMILIES

Some international sources cite more than 31,000 unique fish species and almost 280,000 common names. The following families are some of the most important food fish families and their members.

CARANGIDAE (JACK FAMILY): HAMACHI, AMBERJACK, POMPANO, PALOMETA

Mostly found in marine water in the Atlantic, Indian, and Pacific oceans, this is one of the most important families of tropical sea fish for commercial and recreational fishing.

CICHLIDAE (TILAPIA FAMILY): GALILEE ST. PETER’S FISH, NILE TILAPIA, MOZAMBIQUE TILAPIA

The third most important farmed fish worldwide after carp and salmon with about 100 species in the family. Farmed tilapia are sold live from tanks at some fish markets or in restaurants. ...

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