Golden pompano Trachinotus ovatus larvae were reared at 23, 26, 29 and 33°C from 3 day post-hatching (DPH) to 18 DPH. Growth, survival, RNA/DNA ratio, as well as jaw and skeleton deformities were used as evaluation criteria on fish performance. Growth of fish held at 29 and 33°C was significantly faster than those held at 23 and 26°C, while survival at 26 and 29°C was higher than those held at 23 and 33°C. Similarly, the RNA/DNA ratio was higher at 26 and 29°C than at 33°C. Jaw deformities significantly increased when the rearing temperature exceeded 29°C, while vertebral deformities were encountered more frequently at 33°C than at lower temperatures. Results of the study indicate that the temperature range of 26 to 29°C is appropriate while temperatures >33°C or <23°C can have adverse impact on rearing of golden pompano larvae.