Pagrus major

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Japanese seabream
Pagrus major Red seabream ja01.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Perciformes
Suborder: Percoidei
Superfamily: Percoidea
Family: Sparidae
Genus: Pagrus
Species: P. major
Binomial name
Pagrus major
(Temminck & Schlegel, 1843)
  • Chrysophrys major Temminck & Schlegel, 1843
  • Pagrosomus major (Temminck & Schlegel, 1843)
  • Sparus major (Temminck & Schlegel, 1843)
  • Pagus major (Temminck & Schlegel, 1843)

Japanese seabream, Pagrus major, is a fish species in the Sparidae family. In Japan, Pagrus major is known as madai (真鯛, or "genuine tai") and is prized both for its flavor and for its traditional use as an auspicious food, often served at New Year's and at festive occasions such as weddings. In Korea, it is known as Ch'amdom (참돔). Pagrus major is also the most commonly eaten fish in Taiwan. This fish is grilled over charcoal or wood fire in Spain and known as besugo.

It is widespread in the Northwest Pacific from the northeastern part of South China Sea (Philippines excluded) northward to Japan. It is a marine subtropical oceanodromous demersal fish.

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