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Species: Trachinotus rhodopus, Gafftopsail pompano

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diamond shape
D & A filamentous
4-6 thin bars
fins yellow

Trachinotus rhodopus Gill, 1863

Gafftopsail pompano

Body diamond shaped, strongly compressed; snout bluntly pointed; top jaw extendible; jaw teeth, if present, in narrow bands; gill rakers (excluding rudiments) short, 21-26;  dorsal fin with VI short, stout, semi-isolated spines (1st  often imbedded) before main part of fin; dorsal rays VI + I, 19-21; anal rays II + I, 18-20; dorsal & anal fins without isolated finlets behind, with long 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 slightly arched at front; no scutes (hard, spiny scales) on lateral line; body scales oval.

Silvery with 4-6 yellowish to brown bars; fins yellow to reddish.

Grows to at least 61 cm.

Pelagic; often common around rocky offshore islets where it is seen close to the surface.

Depth: 0-30 m.

Southern California to theGulf of California to Peru, and Cocos, Galapagos and Malpelo.

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  • Marine
  • Brackish
  • Inshore Only
  • Inshore
Water Column Position
  • Near Bottom
  • Mid Water
  • Surface
  • Bottom + water column
  • Near Surface
  • Bottom
  • Sand & gravel
  • Reef associated (reef + edges-water column & soft bottom)
  • Water column
  • Soft bottom (mud/sand/gravel/beach/estuary/mangrove/seagrass)
FishBase Habitat
  • Bentho-Pelagic
Feeding Group
  • Carnivore
  • Data
  • Data
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
  • Mobile benthic gastropods/bivalves
  • Bony fishes
  • Pelagic crustacea
  • Mobile benthic worms
Egg Type
  • Pelagic
  • Pelagic larva
  • No data
Global Endemism
  • Tropical Eastern Pacific (TEP) endemic
  • All species
  • East Pacific endemic
Regional Endemism
  • Island (s)
  • TEP endemic
  • Continent + Island (s)
  • All species
  • Continent
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Equatorial (Costa Rica to Ecuador + Galapagos, Clipperton, Cocos, Malpelo)
  • North Temperate (Californian Province &/or Northern Gulf of California)
  • Northern Tropical (Mexican Province to Nicaragua + Revillagigedos)
  • South Temperate (Peruvian Province )
  • Northern Subtropical (Cortez Province + Sinaloan Gap)
IUCN Red List
  • Least concern
  • Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 61
Depth Range Min
  • 0
Depth Range Max
  • 30