Commonly Asked Questions
Appears in Georgia Aquarium's:
Range / Habitat
- Occurs in the Western Atlantic from Massachusetts and Bermuda south to Argentina, including the Gulf of Mexico.
- Found in shallow water above sandy bottom and near coral and rocky reefs, usually at depths of 1 to 35 feet (1 to 10.7 m).
- Palometa reaches a maximum size of 18 inches (45.7 cm), but lengths closer to 7 to 14 inches (17.8 to 35.6 cm) are more common.
- Striking, reflective silver fish. Dorsal, anal, and caudal fins are tipped with black.
Diet / Feeding
- Feeds on tiny fishes, crustaceans, polychaete worms, and mollusks.
- “Least Concern” on the IUCN Red List.
- Palometa is also known as the banner pompano and the longfin pompano.
- Usually encountered in small schools.
- This species has been known to be attracted by bubbles and will curiously approach divers.
Reef Fish Identification Florida Caribbean Bahamas. Humann, P. and DeLoach, N. www.IUCNredlist.org