Florida pompano

Trachinotus carolinus

Family Carangidae - jacks

Distinguishing
Characteristics
Body short, deep and compressed; color mostly silvery, darker above; pelvic, anal and caudal fins yellow; belly to mouth with yellow tint; snout blunt, mouth slightly subterminal; anterior dorsal and anal fin rays elongate; anal fin base shorter than 2nd dorsal fin base; no scutes on lateral line; no keels (ridges) on caudal peduncle; lateral line wavy anteriorly.
Similar Species
Permits have deeper bodies and longer fin lobes; juvenile permits also have yellowish to orange on belly and anal fin; anal and 2nd dorsal fin bases about equal in permits (anal base shorter than 2nd dorsal base in pompano); permits usually have a dusky blotch on opercle.
Habitat
Gulf and bay, juveniles common in the surf during summer
Maximum Size
64 cm (25 in), common to 35 cm (14 in)
Fin Element Counts
D. V-VI+I,23-27; A. II+I,20-23 (explain)
Other Common Names
Previous Scientific Names
Comments
State size/bag limits