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Palometa: Trachinotus goodei

Appearance:

  • Grayish-blue-green on top of head and along the back
  • Bright silvery sides
  • Yellow on breast
  • Elongated dorsal and anal fins
  • Dusky or black with bluish edges
  • Deep body, with four narrow bars high on the sides, and traces of a fifth fin nearer the tail
  • No scutes

Habitat:

Palometa are most common in clear water along sandy beaches and bays, and occasionally found over reefs.  They are most common in south Florida.

Behavior:

This fish is thought to spawn offshore in during the spring, summer, and fall.  Palometa have shown rapid growth in mariculture experiments. 

State Record:

This species is not currently eligible for a state record.

Fishing Tips and Facts:

Palometa readily strikes small artificial lures.

Additional Information:

Similar Fish: pompano, T. carolinus; permit, T. falcatus.


Image Credit: Diane Rome Peebles



FWC Facts:
The manatee is Florida’s official marine mammal. Fossils indicate they have been in Florida waters for millions of years.

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