| Common names: pompano (English), pámpano (Espanol) |
Trachinotus stilbe (Jordan & McGregor in Jordan & Evermann, 1898)
Body a slender oval, strongly compressed; snout rounded; top jaw extendible; jaw teeth, if present, in narrow bands; gill rakers (excluding rudiments) short 43-53; dorsal fin with VI short, stout, semi-isolated spines (1st often imbedded) before main part of fin; dorsal rays VI + I, 25-26; anal rays II + I, 24-25; dorsal & anal fins without isolated finlets behind, with very low lobes at front; base of anal about same length as that of soft dorsal; pectoral fin < head length; pelvics tiny; tail base without notches above & below; lateral line ~straight; no scutes (hard, spiny scales) on lateral line; body scales oval.
Silvery white sides and belly, with dark margins on the caudal fin; live individuals with a distinctive white bar down the rear of the head.
Attains a maximum length of at least 47 cm, common to 30 cm.
Habitat: pelagic; forms large schools, which churn up the surface while feeding.
Depth: 0-25 m.
Known only from the tropical eastern Pacific; at the oceanic islands and on the coasts of Costa Rica and western Panama.
Global Endemism: All species, East Pacific endemic, Tropical Eastern Pacific (TEP) endemic
Regional Endemism: All species, TEP endemic, TEP oceanic island (s) endemic, Multiple oceanic islands endemic, Continent + Island (s), Continent, Island (s)
Climate Zone: Northern Tropical (Mexican Province to Nicaragua + Revillagigedos), Equatorial (Costa Rica to Ecuador + Galapagos, Clipperton, Cocos, Malpelo)
- Robins, C.R., R.M. Bailey, C.E. Bond, J.R. Brooker, E.A. Lachner, R.N. Lea and W.B. Scott 1991 World fishes important to North Americans. Exclusive of species from the continental waters of the United States and Canada. Am. Fish. Soc. Spec. Publ. (21):243 p. (Ref. 4537)
Inshore/Offshore: Inshore, Inshore Only
Water Column Position: Surface, Near Surface, Mid Water, Water column only
Habitat: Reef associated (reef + edges-water column & soft bottom), Water column
FishBase Habitat: Pelagic
Habitat and Ecology
Recorded at 6 meters.
Diet: Pelagic crustacea, bony fishes
Life History and Behavior
Molecular Biology and Genetics
Statistics of barcoding coverage: Trachinotus stilbe
Public Records: 0
Specimens with Barcodes: 3
Species With Barcodes: 1
CITES: Not listed
IUCN Red List Assessment
Red List Category
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Relevance to Humans and Ecosystems