Trachinotus carolinus

Trachinotus carolinus
Florida Pompano – Trachinotus carolinus
FamilyScientific NameAuthorYearCommon Name
CarangidaeTrachinotus carolinus(Linnaeus)1766Florida Pompano

Trachinotus carolinus

Unique Characters: Posterior straight part of lateral line without scutes. Pectoral fins shorter than head length. Body scales oval-shaped. Upper jaw protractile. No semi-detached finlets. Bases of soft dorsal and anal fins about equal in length. No caudal peduncle grooves. No narrow bars on sides. Only dorsal fin elongate in adults, and neither dorsal or anal fins extending to caudal-fin base. Dorsal-fin rays 22-27 (usually 23-25). Anal-fin rays 20-24 (usually 21 or 22).

Similar Species:

Permit
Trachinotus falcatus

Palometa
Trachinotus goodei

Trachinotus falcatus
Permit – Trachinotus falcatus
Trachinotus goodei
Palometa – Trachinotus goodei

Permit Trachinotus falcatus. Posterior straight part of lateral line without scutes. Pectoral fins shorter than head length. Body scales oval-shaped. Upper jaw protractile. No semi-detached finlets. Bases of soft dorsal and anal fins about equal in length. No caudal peduncle grooves. No narrow bars on sides. Only dorsal fin elongate in adults, and neither dorsal or anal fins extending to caudal-fin base. Dorsal-fin rays 17-21 (usually 18-20). Anal-fin rays 16-19 (usually 17 or 18).

Palometa Trachinotus goodei. Posterior straight part of lateral line without scutes. Pectoral fins shorter than head length. Body scales oval-shaped. Upper jaw protractile. No semi-detached finlets. Bases of soft dorsal and anal fins about equal in length. No caudal peduncle grooves. Adults with 2-5 narrow bars (silvery in life) on sides. Dorsal- and anal-fin lobes noticeably elongate in adults, both extending to or behind caudal-fin base.

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