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Species: Trachinotus goodei, Palometa, Palometa Pompano

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body triangular
2-5 narrow silver bars
D & A lobes v long, blackish
A 16-18

Trachinotus goodei Jordan & Evermann, 1896

Palometa, Palometa Pompano

Body short, deep, triangular, 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, 19-20 rays; anal fin II + I, 16-18 rays; dorsal & anal fin lobes very elongated; base of anal about same length as that of soft dorsal; no finlets after 2nd dorsal and anal fins; pectoral fin < head length; tail base slender, without notches above & below; tail strongly forked; no scutes (hard, spiny scales) on lateral line; body scales oval.

Silvery; 2-5 prominent narrow dark bars on upper mid side followed by 2-3 dark spots; dorsal fin lobe blackish, that of anal with blackish yellow.

Reaches 50.6 cm; 3.6 kg.

Pelagic, schooling in surf zone of beaches, vegetated bottoms, and around reefs; usually marine.

Depth range: 0-40 m.

Massachusetts to Argentina.

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  • Brackish
  • Marine
  • Inshore
  • Inshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
  • Bottom + water column
  • Mid Water
  • Near Bottom
  • Near Surface
  • Surface
  • Submerged vegetation
  • Water column
  • Beach
  • Estuary
  • Flotsam
  • 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
  • Mobile benthic worms
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
  • 50.6
Depth Range Min
  • 0
Depth Range Max
  • 40