A curious fish, the palometa has been known to be attracted by bubbles and will sometimes approach divers.
  • Size

    7 to 14 inches (17.8 to 35.6 cm)
  • Diet

    Tiny fishes, crustaceans, polychaete worms, and mollusks
  • Range

    Western Atlantic from Massachusetts and Bermuda south to Argentina, including the Gulf of Mexico
  • Habitat

    Shallow water above sandy bottom and near coral and rocky reefs

Physical Characteristics

Size

  • Palometa reaches a maximum size of 18 inches (45.7 cm), but lengths closer to 7 to 14 inches (17.8 to 35.6 cm) are more common.

Color

  • Striking, reflective silver fish. Dorsal, anal, and caudal fins are tipped with black.

 

Animal Fact

The palometa is a striking, reflective silver fish.

Diet / Feeding

  • Feeds on tiny fishes, crustaceans, polychaete worms and mollusks.

Range / Habitat

Range

  • Occurs in the Western Atlantic from Massachusetts and Bermuda south to Argentina, including the Gulf of Mexico.

Habitat

  • Found in shallow water above sandy bottom and near coral and rocky reefs, usually at depths of 1 to 35 feet (1 to 10.7 m).

Conservation Status

  • “Least Concern” on the IUCN Red List.

Additional Information

  • Palometa is also known as the banner pompano and the longfin pompano.
  • Usually encountered in small schools.
  • This species has been known to be attracted by bubbles and will curiously approach divers.

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