Size25 inches (64 cm)
DietMollusks, crustaceans, small fish
RangeWestern Atlantic Ocean
HabitatCoastal waters, commonly near bays and estuaries
- Reaches about 25 inches (64 cm) in length. Its maximum published weight is 8.3 lbs. (3.8 kg).
- Deep, silvery body, the back may be dark.
- Juveniles have a yellowish coloration on the belly, anal fin and caudal fin.
The Florida pompano is a popular sport and food fish, and also does well in aquaculture.
- Diet consists of mollusks, crustaceans, other invertebrates and small fish.
- Occurs in the Western Atlantic down the east coast of the United States, throughout the Gulf of Mexico, Central and South American coasts to Brazil, with scattered locales in the West Indies.
- Found in coastal waters, commonly near bays and estuaries in depths of about 230 feet (70 m).
- Oviparous, egg-laying species that display egg scattering.
- “Least Concern” on the IUCN Red List.
- Aggregates in various size schools that often swim rapidly.
- Popular food and sport fish with great potential as an aquaculture species.
- Peterson Field Guides – Atlantic Coast Fishes. Robins, C.R. and Ray, G.C., pg. 164