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| 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.