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| Common names: pompano (English), pampanito (Espanol), pámpano (Espanol) |
Trachinotus rhodopus Gill, 1863
Body diamond shaped, strongly compressed; snout bluntly pointed; top jaw extendible; jaw teeth, if present, in narrow bands; gill rakers (excluding rudiments) short, 21-26; dorsal fin with VI short, stout, semi-isolated spines (1st often imbedded) before main part of fin; dorsal rays VI + I, 19-21; anal rays II + I, 18-20; dorsal & anal fins without isolated finlets behind, with long 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 slightly arched at front; no scutes (hard, spiny scales) on lateral line; body scales oval.
Silvery with 4-6 yellowish to brown bars; fins yellow to reddish.
Grows to at least 61 cm.
Pelagic; often common around rocky offshore islets where it is seen close to the surface.
Depth: 0-30 m.
Southern California to theGulf of California to Peru, and Cocos, Galapagos and Malpelo.