Palometa Facts

To know more about this fish, read these Palometa facts.

Palometa, Trachinotus goodei, or pompano belong to the Carangidae family and genus Trachinotus. This fish is an ocean-going gamefish. This fish is native to Western Atlantic, Massachusetts (USA), Bermuda, the Gulf of Mexico to Argentina. This fish is also found in the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean sea. The habitat of this fish is tropical, clear water on sandy beaches or sandy shores, and bays. These can also be found in schools above coral reefs. This fish feeds on worms, insect pupae, and small fish. The Palometa, Trachinotus goodei may have a silver, grayish-green, and blue-colored body above and yellowish on the breast part. The anal and dorsal fins are dark and elongated and are bordered in a blueish shade and a black-edged tail. There are dark black and white visible bars on the sides of the body. The dorsal fins have usually seven to eight spines while the anal fin has two to three spines. The dorsal fin has 19-20 soft rays while the anal fin has 16-18 soft rays.  Not much is known about the reproduction of Palometa, Trachinotus goodei, but it is believed that these species of fish spawn in all seasons except winter. Juveniles of the Palometa fish grow best in maricultural environments. Some people cook and eat this species. This species is of high commercial interest and can be farm-raised. There are several names for this species of fish in different places like wire back, old wife, and Joe fish. These fishes can go deep in the ocean and are found above reefs, thus, are known to be good swimmers. Read on to learn more fascinating facts about this fish. You may also like to read our rainbow trout and yellow bass fact articles.


Fact File

What do they prey on?

Worms, insects pupae, and small fish

What do they eat?


Average litter size?


How much do they weigh?

3-9 lb (1.4-4.1 kg)

How long are they?

15-26 in (381-660 mm)

How tall are they?


What do they look like?

Gray to blue-green

Skin Type

Slimy scales

What are their main threats?


What is their conservation status?

Least Concern

Where you'll find them

Tropical waters


Western Atlantic





Scientific Name

Trachinotus goodei





Palometa Interesting Facts

What type of animal is a palometa?

The Palometa is a fish.

What class of animal does a palometa belong to?

The Palometa belongs to the class Actinopterygii of fishes.

How many palometa are there in the world?

There has been no specific number of these Palometa in the world recorded.

Where does a palometa live?

The Palometa is found in tropical waters throughout its native area the western Atlantic, that is, Massachusetts (USA), Bermuda, the Gulf of Mexico to Argentina. It is also found in the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean sea.

What is a palometa's habitat?

The Palometa is found in tropical, clear water or ocean on sandy beaches, shores, and bays. It may also be seen schooling above the coral reefs.

Who do palometa live with?

Palometa usually live in groups or as it is called schools.

How long does a palometa live?

There is not much information available about the lifespan of Trachinotus goodei.

How do they reproduce?

Very little is known about the reproduction of Trachinotus goodei but it is believed that this fish spawns far offshore during all seasons except winters. Juveniles tend to show a high growth rate in maricultural environments.

What is their conservation status?

The conservation status of this pompano is Least Concern.

Palometa Fun Facts

What do palometa look like?

The Palometa is a bright fish with a deep body. Palometa may have a silver, grayish-green and blue body above and yellowish on the breast part. The anal and dorsal fins are dark and elongated and are bordered in a blueish shade and a black-edged tail. The Palometa also has four narrow bars that vary in color from black to white. These bar markings are located high on the sides. Some light traces of a fifth bar can be seen on the tail.

The color of the bodies and the fin of this fish are some of its distinguishing features.

How cute are they?

The Palometa, Trachinotus goodei, are not considered to be cute. That said, their coloration can be described as pretty.

How do they communicate?

Not much information is available about the communication of Palometa.

How big is a palometa?

The Palometa can weigh around 3-9 lb (1.4-4.1 kg) and can be around 15-26 in (381-660 mm) in length.

How fast can a palometa swim?

The exact speed is unknown but the Palometa is known to be a good swimmer as it can go quite deep in the ocean or water and is also found above reefs.

How much does a palometa weigh?

A Palometa can weigh around 3-9 lb (1.4-4.1 kg).

What are their male and female names of the species?

There are no specific names for males and females of the species.

What would you call a baby palometa?

There is no particular name for a baby palometa. In general, the young of fish are called fry.

What do they eat?

Palometa feed on crustaceans, marine worms, mollusks, and small fish. It is also known to feed on insect larvae.

Are they dangerous?

The Palometa is not considered dangerous to humans.

Would they make a good pet?

Not much information is available about Palometa as pets.

Did you know...

The Great Pompano, banner pompano, longfin pompano, as it is also known, is a hard fighter and is a gamefish. As it is a gamefish, its fishing is done for sports in some areas.

Some people avoid eating the pompano or wire back as it is believed that these fish is a carrier of ciguatera poisoning, while some people believe that after cleaning the fish, it has a soft, cottony texture when cooked.

The heaviest known palometa fish was 1.2 lb (0.6 kg) and the largest known Palometa was 1 ft 8 in long.

What are other common names of palometa?

The Palometa, Trachinotus goodei, is known by several other names such as banner pompano, camade fish, gobbler gafftopsail, great pompano, longfin pompano, joe fish, old wife, sand mackerel, wireback,  and streamers jack.

Can palometa be farm raised?

The Palometa, Trachinotus goodei, can be farm-raised from eggs by Proaquatix, a fish farm in Florida. These fishes are of commercial interest as ornamental species for displays and public aquariums.  

Here at Kidadl, we have carefully created lots of interesting family-friendly animal facts for everyone to discover! Learn more about some other fishes including milkfish or Florida pompano.

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