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Species: Trachinotus carolinus, Florida Pompano

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D VI, 23-25
A 21-22
D lobe moderately long

Trachinotus carolinus (Linnaeus, 1766)

Florida Pompano

Body deep but relatively elongate, compressed; upper and lower profiles similar; snout blunt; mouth reaches under eye; top jaw extendible; jaw teeth small, conical, curved, absent in fish >20 cm FL; gill rakers 5-7 + 8-14; dorsal fin with VI short, stout spines, 1st resorbed in adults, 22-27 (usually 23-25) rays; anal fin II + I, 20-24 (usually 21-22) rays; dorsal & anal fin front lobes raised but not highly elongated; base of anal about same length as that of soft dorsal; no finlets after 2nd dorsal and anal fins; pectoral fin short (< head length); tail base slender, without notches above & below; tail strongly forked; no scutes (hard, spiny scales) on lateral line; body scales oval.

Plain silvery, bluish green above; white below; no distinctive markings.

Reaches 64 cm, 3.8 kg.

On shallow sandy bottoms of beaches, bays and estuaries.

Depth range: 0-70 m.

Massachusetts to Brazil.

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  • Brackish
  • Marine
  • Inshore
  • Inshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
  • Bottom + water column
  • Mid Water
  • Near Surface
  • Sand & gravel
  • Soft bottom (mud/sand/gravel/beach/estuary/mangrove/seagrass)
  • Soft bottom only
  • Water column
  • Beach
  • Estuary
  • Reef (rock/coral/oyster)
  • Reef associated (reef + edges-water column & soft bottom)
FishBase Habitat
  • Bentho-Pelagic
  • Reef Associated
Feeding Group
  • Carnivore
  • Data
  • Data
  • Bony fishes
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
  • Mobile benthic gastropods/bivalves
Egg Type
  • Data
  • Pelagic
  • Pelagic larva
Global Endemism
  • All species
  • Greater Caribbean non-endemic
  • West Atlantic Endemic
Regional Endemism
  • Also in Brazil
  • Continent
  • Continent + Island (s)
  • Extends N + S of GC
  • Extends North of GC
  • Extends South of GC
  • GC non-endemic
  • Island (s)
  • All species
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Equatorial (0-10N, Costa Rica / Venezuela)
  • Subtropical (23-35N, Florida / Carolinas / Bermuda)
  • Temperate (>35N)
  • Tropical (10-23N, Nicaragua / Cuba)
IUCN Red List
  • Least concern
  • Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 64
Depth Range Min
  • 0
Depth Range Max
  • 70