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pompano-(florida)

Florida Pompano

Trachinotus carolinus

Description: Greenish gray on back, shading to silvery sides; fish in dark waters showing yellow on throat, pelvic, and anal fins; deep flattened body with small mouth; no scutes; 22 to 27 soft dorsal rays; 20 to 23 soft anal rays; origin of anal fin slightly behind origin of second dorsal.

Similar Fish: Permit, T. falcatus; palometa, T. goodei; the permit is deeper bodied; dorsal body profile not strongly angled at insertion of second dorsal fin; pompano rarely grow larger than 6 pounds; permit common to 40 pounds.

Where Found: Inshore and nearshore waters, especially along sandy beaches, along oyster bars, and over grassbeds, often in turbid water; may be found in water as deep as 130 feet.

Size: Usually less than 3 pounds.

Remarks: Spawns offshore between March and September; feeds on mollusks and crustaceans, especially sand fleas; local movements are influenced by the tides, and seasonal movements are influenced by temperature.

Illustration: © Diane Rome Peebles

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