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Pompano common.jpg
Florida pompano (T. carolinus)
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Carangiformes
Family: Carangidae
Subfamily: Trachinotinae
Genus: Trachinotus
Lacépède, 1801
Type species
Scomber falcatus
Forsskål, 1775

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Pompanos (/ˈpɒmpən/ POMP-ə-noh) are marine fishes in the genus Trachinotus in the family Carangidae (better known as "jacks"). Pompano may also refer to various other, similarly shaped members of the Carangidae, or the order Perciformes. Their appearance is of deep-bodied fishes, exhibiting strong lateral compression, with a rounded face and pronounced curve to the anterior portion of their dorsal profile. Their ventral profile is noticeably less curved by comparison, while their anterior profile is straight-edged, tapering sharply to a narrow caudal peduncle. Their dorsal and anal fins are typically sickle-shaped, with very long anterior rays and a succession of much shorter rays behind, with a similarly long & curved, deeply forked tail which has a narrow base. They are typically overall silvery in color, sometimes with dark or yellowish fins, and one or a few black markings on the side of their body.[2][3] They are toothless and are relatively large fish, up to about 1.2 m (3.9 ft) long, although most species reach no more than half or two-thirds of that size.[2] They are found worldwide in warmer seas, sometimes also entering brackish waters.[2]

Of the 21 recognized species, most are valued as food and some are considered game fish, including the permit (T. falcatus).[2][3] Several United States Navy submarines have been named after this genus: USS Pompano and USS Permit.


The 21 currently recognized species in this genus are:[2][4]


  1. ^ Eschmeyer, William N.; Fricke, Ron & van der Laan, Richard (eds.). "Genera in the family Carangidae". Catalog of Fishes. California Academy of Sciences. Retrieved 17 November 2019.
  2. ^ a b c d e Froese, Rainer and Pauly, Daniel, eds. (2019). Species of Trachinotus in FishBase. August 2019 version.
  3. ^ a b c Smith-Vaniz, W.F.; S.J. Walsh (2019). "Indo-West Pacific Species of Trachinotus with Spots on Their Sides as Adults, with Description of A New Species Endemic to the Marquesas Islands (Teleostei: Carangidae)". Zootaxa. 4651 (1): 1–37. doi:10.11646/zootaxa.4651.1.1.
  4. ^ Eschmeyer, William N.; Fricke, Ron & van der Laan, Richard (eds.). "Species in the genus Trachinotus". Catalog of Fishes. California Academy of Sciences. Retrieved 31 August 2019.

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