Genus Pomatomus


A genus with a single species found worldwide in warm temperate and subtropical seas, except for the northwest and eastern Pacific oceans.

Head with scales on preoperculum and operculum, absent elsewhere, rest of body fully scaled. Lateral line complete, almost straight. First dorsal fin depressible into a groove, joined by a membrane to the second dorsal fin; first two anal-fin spines mostly embedded and usually separate from the rest of the fin; pectoral fin short; caudal fin moderately forked.

Goodbred & Graves (1996) found eight genetically distinct isolated populations in continental regions.

Author: Dianne J. Bray

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Dianne J. Bray, Pomatomus in Fishes of Australia, accessed 15 Aug 2020,


Collette, B.B. 1999. Family Pomatomidae (p. 2650). In: Carpenter, K.E. & Niem, T.H. (eds). The Living Marine Resources of the Western Central Pacific. FAO Species Identification Guide for Fisheries Purposes. Rome : FAO Vol. 4 2069-2790 pp.

Goodbred, C.O. & J.E. Graves. 1996. Genetic relationships among geographically isolated populations of bluefish Pomatomus saltatrixMar. Freshwater Res. 47: 347-355.
Paxton, J.R., J.E. Gates & D.F. Hoese, 2006. Pomatomidae, p. 1134. In: Beesley, P.L. & A. Wells. (eds) Zoological Catalogue of Australia. Volume 35. ABRS & CSIRO Publishing: Australia. parts 1-3, pages 1-2178.

Smith-Vaniz, W.F. 2008. Family Pomatomidae. pp. 570 in Gomon. M.F., Bray, D.J. & Kuiter, R.H (eds). Fishes of Australia's Southern Coast. Sydney : Reed New Holland 928 pp. [570]