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Trachinotus goodei

Pompanos Family

Saltwater Fish Identification


Common Name(s):
Little Pompano, Silver Pompano
The Palometa is grayish-blue-green on top of head and along the back with bright silvery sides and yellow on its breast. It has elongated dorsal and anal fins that are dusky or black with bluish edges. Its body is deep with four narrow bars high on the sides, and traces of a fifth fin nearer the tail. The Palometa has no scutes.
Similar Fish:
Pompano, Permit
Feeding Habits:
Palometa are predatory carnivores that feed on crustaceans, especially mole shrimp, mollusks, worms and smaller fish.
Palometa are found in the western Atlantic from Massachusetts to Argentina, including Bermuda, the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea.
Palometa are found in clear water along sandy beaches and bays, occasionally found over reefs. They are most common in south Florida.
Typical Size:
Palometas are rarely over 1 pound, but have been reported up to 3 pounds.
World Record:
1 pound, 4 ounces (IGFA)