Trachinotus blochii

Snubnose dart POO
Characteristic features:

Silvery-blue to grey dorsally, silvery white below; no spots on sides; pelvic and anal fins orange.


Up to 70 cm TL.


Indo–West Pacific in tropical waters.


Shallow coastal areas close to coral or rocky reefs, from 20 to 50 m depth.


Feed primarily on mollusks, but also crabs and worms. Adults are usually found in small aggregations.

Indonesian fisheries:

Caught by traps, gill nets and handlines.

Similar species:

Trachinotus africanus
Southern Pompano

Trachinotus africanus

Trachinotus africanus differs in having soft dorsal-fin rays 21–23 (vs. 18–20) and anal-fin rays 1921 (vs. 16–18) and often with a black, oval shaped blotch at pectoral-fin base (vs. no dark blotch).

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