Color gray, dark or iridescent blue above, shading to silvery
sides, in dark waters showing golden tints around breasts;
small permit have teeth on tongue (none on pompano); no scutes;
dorsal fin insertion directly above that of the anal fin;
17 to 21 soft dorsal rays; 16 to 19 soft anal rays.
fish: Pompano, T. carolinus.
The permit is deeper bodied; dorsal body profile forms angle
at insertion of second dorsal fin; pompano rarely grow larger
than 6 pounds, permit common to 40 pounds.
found: Offshore on wrecks and debris, inshore on grass
flats, sand flats, and in channels; most abundant in south
Florida, with smaller specimens from every coastal county.
Common to 25 pounds, but can weigh up to 40 pounds.
Feeds mainly on bottom-dwelling crabs, shrimp, small clams,
and small fish.