Palometa, Trachinotus goodei, or pompano belong to the Carangidae family and genus Trachinotus. This fish is an ocean-going gamefish. This fish is native to Western Atlantic, Massachusetts (USA), Bermuda, the Gulf of Mexico to Argentina. This fish is also found in the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean sea. The habitat of this fish is tropical, clear water on sandy beaches or sandy shores, and bays. These can also be found in schools above coral reefs. This fish feeds on worms, insect pupae, and small fish. The Palometa, Trachinotus goodei may have a silver, grayish-green, and blue-colored body above and yellowish on the breast part. The anal and dorsal fins are dark and elongated and are bordered in a blueish shade and a black-edged tail. There are dark black and white visible bars on the sides of the body. The dorsal fins have usually seven to eight spines while the anal fin has two to three spines. The dorsal fin has 19-20 soft rays while the anal fin has 16-18 soft rays. Not much is known about the reproduction of Palometa, Trachinotus goodei, but it is believed that these species of fish spawn in all seasons except winter. Juveniles of the Palometa fish grow best in maricultural environments. Some people cook and eat this species. This species is of high commercial interest and can be farm-raised. There are several names for this species of fish in different places like wire back, old wife, and Joe fish. These fishes can go deep in the ocean and are found above reefs, thus, are known to be good swimmers. Read on to learn more fascinating facts about this fish. You may also like to read our rainbow trout and yellow bass fact articles.
The Palometa is a fish.
The Palometa belongs to the class Actinopterygii of fishes.
There has been no specific number of these Palometa in the world recorded.
The Palometa is found in tropical waters throughout its native area the western Atlantic, that is, Massachusetts (USA), Bermuda, the Gulf of Mexico to Argentina. It is also found in the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean sea.
The Palometa is found in tropical, clear water or ocean on sandy beaches, shores, and bays. It may also be seen schooling above the coral reefs.
Palometa usually live in groups or as it is called schools.
There is not much information available about the lifespan of Trachinotus goodei.
Very little is known about the reproduction of Trachinotus goodei but it is believed that this fish spawns far offshore during all seasons except winters. Juveniles tend to show a high growth rate in maricultural environments.
The conservation status of this pompano is Least Concern.
The Palometa is a bright fish with a deep body. Palometa may have a silver, grayish-green and blue body above and yellowish on the breast part. The anal and dorsal fins are dark and elongated and are bordered in a blueish shade and a black-edged tail. The Palometa also has four narrow bars that vary in color from black to white. These bar markings are located high on the sides. Some light traces of a fifth bar can be seen on the tail.
The Palometa, Trachinotus goodei, are not considered to be cute. That said, their coloration can be described as pretty.
Not much information is available about the communication of Palometa.
The Palometa can weigh around 3-9 lb (1.4-4.1 kg) and can be around 15-26 in (381-660 mm) in length.
The exact speed is unknown but the Palometa is known to be a good swimmer as it can go quite deep in the ocean or water and is also found above reefs.
A Palometa can weigh around 3-9 lb (1.4-4.1 kg).
There are no specific names for males and females of the species.
There is no particular name for a baby palometa. In general, the young of fish are called fry.
Palometa feed on crustaceans, marine worms, mollusks, and small fish. It is also known to feed on insect larvae.
The Palometa is not considered dangerous to humans.
Not much information is available about Palometa as pets.
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The Great Pompano, banner pompano, longfin pompano, as it is also known, is a hard fighter and is a gamefish. As it is a gamefish, its fishing is done for sports in some areas.
Some people avoid eating the pompano or wire back as it is believed that these fish is a carrier of ciguatera poisoning, while some people believe that after cleaning the fish, it has a soft, cottony texture when cooked.
The heaviest known palometa fish was 1.2 lb (0.6 kg) and the largest known Palometa was 1 ft 8 in long.
The Palometa, Trachinotus goodei, is known by several other names such as banner pompano, camade fish, gobbler gafftopsail, great pompano, longfin pompano, joe fish, old wife, sand mackerel, wireback, and streamers jack.
The Palometa, Trachinotus goodei, can be farm-raised from eggs by Proaquatix, a fish farm in Florida. These fishes are of commercial interest as ornamental species for displays and public aquariums.
You can even occupy yourself at home by drawing one on our crappie fish coloring pages.