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| Common names: pompano (English), pámpano (Espanol) |
Trachinotus kennedyi Steindachner, 1876
Black-blotch pompano, Silver pompano
Body and head very deep, compressed; very blunt, broadly rounded snout; top jaw extendible; jaw teeth, if present, in narrow bands; gill rakers (excluding rudiments) short 15-19; dorsal fin with VI short, stout, semi-isolated spines (1st often imbedded) before main part of fin; dorsal rays VI + I, 17-19; anal rays II + I, 16-17; dorsal & anal fins without isolated finlets behind, with short pointed lobes at front; base of anal about same length as that of soft dorsal; pectoral fin < head length; tail base without notches above & below; lateral line slightly arched over pectoral region; no scutes (hard, spiny scales) on lateral line; body scales oval.
Silver, sometimes golden or bronzy tinge, especially on freshly dead specimens; large black blotch on the inner pectoral fin base.
Size: to 73 cm, common to 40 cm.
Demersal; common in estuaries.
Depth: 0-72 m.
Central Baja and the SW and central eastern Gulf of California to Peru