This deep-bodied, silvery fish may grow up to 25 inches (64 cm) in length. It can be found in coastal waters of the western Atlantic, frequently near bays or estuaries, where it feeds on mollusks, crustaceans, other invertebrates and small fish. It gathers in schools of various sizes, and often swims rapidly.
  • Size

    25 inches (64 cm)
  • Diet

    Mollusks, crustaceans, other invertebrates and small fish
  • Range

    Western Atlantic from Massachusetts to Brazil
  • Habitat

    Coastal waters, commonly near bays and estuaries

Physical Characteristics

Size

  • Reaches about 25 inches (64 cm) in length. Its maximum published weight is 8.3 lbs. (3.7 kg).

Color

  • Deep, silvery body. The back may be dark. Juveniles have a yellowish coloration on the belly, anal fin and caudal fin.

 

Animal Fact

The Florida Pompano is a popular sport and food fish, and also does well in aquaculture

Diet / Feeding

  • Diet consists of mollusks, crustaceans, other invertebrates and small fish.

Range / Habitat

Range

  • Occurs in the Western Atlantic from Massachusetts southward, throughout the Gulf of Mexico, Central and South American coasts to Brazil, with scattered locales in the West Indies. Absent from clear waters of the Bahamas.

Habitat

  • Found in coastal waters, commonly near bays and estuaries in depths to about 230 feet (70 m).
  • Juveniles seen around sandy beaches exposed to wave action and are absent from insular areas with coralline habitats.

Conservation Status

  • “Not Evaluated” on the IUCN Red List.

Additional Information

  • Aggregates in various size schools, often swimming rapidly.
  • Popular food and sport fish with great potential as an aquaculture species.

Sources

  • www.fishbase.org
  • Peterson Field Guides – Atlantic Coast Fishes. Robins, C.R. and Ray, G.C., pg. 164

     

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