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Species: Trachinotus paitensis, Paloma pompano

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snout very short, rounded
elongate oblong
soft D & A similar form

Trachinotus paitensis Cuvier in Cuvier & Valenciennes, 1832

Paloma pompano

Body an elongate, compressed oblong; snout rounded, v short; top jaw extendible; jaw teeth, if present, in narrow bands; gill rakers (excluding rudiments) short 10-16;  dorsal fin with VI short, stout, semi-isolated spines (1st  often imbedded) before main part of fin; dorsal rays VI + I, 24-27; anal rays II + I, 21-25; dorsal & anal fins without isolated finlets behind, with short pointed lobes at front; base of anal about same length as that of soft dorsal; pectoral fin < head length; tail base without notches above & below; lateral line straight; no scutes (hard, spiny scales) on lateral line; body scales oval.

Silvery, greenish or bluish on upper back and white on belly; without black mark on inner pectoral base.

Maximum size to at least 51 cm, common to 30 cm.

Habitat: demersal on sandy bottoms.

Depth: 0-25 m.

Baja and the Gulf of California to Chile, and the Galapagos and Malpelo.

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  • Brackish
  • Marine
  • Inshore
  • Inshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Bottom + water column
  • Near Bottom
  • Bottom
  • Sand & gravel
  • Water column
  • Beach
  • Soft bottom only
  • Soft bottom (mud/sand/gravel/beach/estuary/mangrove/seagrass)
FishBase Habitat
  • Bentho-Pelagic
Feeding Group
  • Data
  • Carnivore
  • Data
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
  • Bony fishes
  • Mobile benthic gastropods/bivalves
  • Mobile benthic worms
Egg Type
  • No data
  • Pelagic larva
  • Pelagic
Global Endemism
  • East Pacific endemic
  • Tropical Eastern Pacific (TEP) endemic
  • All species
Regional Endemism
  • All species
  • Island (s)
  • Continent + Island (s)
  • TEP endemic
  • Continent
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Northern Tropical (Mexican Province to Nicaragua + Revillagigedos)
  • South Temperate (Peruvian Province )
  • Equatorial (Costa Rica to Ecuador + Galapagos, Clipperton, Cocos, Malpelo)
  • Northern Subtropical (Cortez Province + Sinaloan Gap)
  • North Temperate (Californian Province &/or Northern Gulf of California)
IUCN Red List
  • Listed
  • Least concern
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 51
Depth Range Min
  • 0
Depth Range Max
  • 25