Trachinotus blochii (Lacepède, 1801)
Trachinotus blochii (Lacepède, 1801)
Genus: ,

Scientific Name: Trachinotus blochii

English Name: Snubnose pompano

Creole Name: Pamp

French Name: Pompaneau lune

IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC)


Dorsal spines: 7; Dorsal rays: 18-20; Anal spines: 3; Anal rays: 16-18.

Robust fish, moderately compressed with deep ovoid body. Profile of snout broadly rounded, in adults becoming nearly straight to interorbital region. Mouth is positioned 
just below the bluntly rounded snout, both jaws with bands of small villiform teeth. Covered in numerous small scales except the head region which is naked. Lateral line 
slightly irregular, weakly convex above pectoral fin, becoming straight posteriorly.  Anal and dorsal fins have long falcate lobes. The caudal fin is large and deeply 
forked, and the pelvic fins are shorter than the pectorals.

Colour. Head and body generally silvery, blue grey above, paler below. Sometimes with a golden-orange tinge, especially on snout and lower half of body. Second dorsal 
fin dark, lobe of fin dusky orange. Anal fin dusky dirty orange, lobe with a brownish anterior margin. Caudal fin dark to dirty orange with leading edges of fin darkest. 
Pelvic fins white to dirty orange, pectoral fins dark. Juveniles are silvery with pale fins, except for brownish to brownish-orange lobes of median fins and anterior half 
of pelvic fins.


Maturity: Lm unknown. Range unknown. Max Length: 65 cm TL. Commonly 40cm TL.

Habitat and Ecology:

Inhabits shallow, coastal waters over coral and rocky reefs (depth 1-7m). Occasionally observed in small schools. Diet consists mainly of bivalve molluscs that live in the 
sandy surf zone and other hard-shelled invertebrates. Uses strong pharyngeal teeth to crack shells.

Fishery Status:

This species is not protected or subject to fishery regulations. It is caught in the handline and net fisheries where it is a regular but not frequent or abundant component of the catch.






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