This small species is a member of the Carangidae family of jacks and pompano.
IdentificationA bright silvery ﬁsh with a deep body, the palometa may be grayish-green and blue above and yellowish on the breast. It has dark, elongated dorsal and anal ﬁns that are bordered in a bluish shade and a black-edged tail. It also has four narrow bars that vary from black to white and are located high on the sides. Traces of a ﬁfth bar appear near the tail.
It is similar to the Florida pompano, but the front lobes of the dorsal and the anal ﬁns are blackish and very elongate (the tips reach back to the middle of the caudal ﬁn).