Greenish gray on back, shading to silvery sides; fish in dark
waters showing gold on throat, pelvic, and anal fins; deep
flattened body with small mouth; no scutes; 22 to 27 soft
dorsal rays; 20 to 23 soft anal rays; origin of anal fin slightly
behind origin of second dorsal.
fish: Permit, T. falcatus;
Palometa, T. goodei. The permit is deeper bodied;
dorsal body profile not strongly angled at insertion of second
dorsal fin; pompano rarely grow larger that 6 pounds, permit
common to 40 pounds.
found: Inshore and nearshore waters, especially along
sandy beaches, along oyster bars, and over grassbeds, often
in turbid water; may be found in water as deep as 130 feet.
Usually less than 3 pounds.
Spawns offshore between March and September; feeds on
mollusks and crustaceans, especially sand fleas; local movements
are influenced by the tide, and seasonal movements are influenced