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| Common names: pompano (English), pámpano (Espanol) |
Trachinotus paitensis Cuvier in Cuvier & Valenciennes, 1832
Body an elongate, compressed oblong; snout rounded; top jaw extendible; jaw teeth, if present, in narrow bands; gill rakers (excluding rudiments) short 10-16; dorsal fin with VI short, stout, semi-isolated spines (1st often imbedded) before main part of fin; dorsal rays VI + I, 24-27; anal rays II + I, 21-25; dorsal & anal fins without isolated finlets behind, with short pointed lobes at front; base of anal about same length as that of soft dorsal; pectoral fin < head length; tail base without notches above & below; lateral line straight; no scutes (hard, spiny scales) on lateral line; body scales oval.
Silvery, greenish or bluish on upper back and white on belly; without black mark on inner pectoral base.
Maximum size to at least 51 cm, common to 30 cm.
Habitat: demersal on sandy bottoms.
Depth: 0-25 m.
Baja and the Gulf of California to Chile, and the Galapagos and Malpelo.