Scientific name Trachinotus ovatus
Descriptor Linnaeus
Year of description 1758
IUCN category LC
Family Carangidae
Genus Trachinotus
Trachinotus ovatus Trachinotus ovatus


Trachinotus ovatus, commonly known as pompano, is a salt water fish.

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Who is it?


  • Average size
    35 cm
  • Maximum size
    70 cm
  • Shape
  • Average size
    35 cm
  • Maximum size
    70 cm
  • Shape

How to recognize the pompano ?

The pompano measures between 35 and 70 cm. This fish is unicolore with a predominantly argent body.

Behaviour & Life cycle

  • diet
  • Sociability
    living in shoals
  • territorial
  • Way of living

The pompano is a fish living in shoals naturally found at mid-depth. This species is carnivorous .

n general, this species does not care much about other animals crossing its path.


  • Reproduction
    ovipare qui pond en eau libre

The pompano is a fish ovipare qui pond en eau libre.

Harmless species

This species does not represent any particular threats to humans when encountered in its natural environment.

Where to find it?

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What is its habitat?

Natural environment characteristics

  • Temperature
    10 - 17 °C
  • Depth
    1 - 200 m
  • Environment
    Active pelagic

Biotope presentation

The pompano is most often found at a depth between 1m and 200m. However, it is not impossible to find this species at other depths.

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Bibliographic references

Effect of different levels of Spirulina platensis dietary supplementation on the growth, body color, digestion, and immunity of Trachinotus ovatus - Heizhao Lin - Xiaoru Chen - Yukai Yang - Jun Wang - Xiaolin Huang - Zhong Huang - Chuanpeng Zhou - Yun Wang - Wei Yu - Changle Qi - The Israeli Journal of Aquaculture - Bamidgeh - 2016.

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