Family: Nematistiidae (Roosterfish)
Order: Perciformes (perch-likes)
Class: Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes)
FishBase name: Roosterfish
Max. size: 163 cm FL (male/unsexed; Ref. 40637); max. published weight: 51.7 kg (Ref. 4699)
Environment: demersal; marine
Climate: subtropical; 33°N -
Importance: fisheries: commercial; gamefish: yes
Distribution: Eastern Pacific: San Clemente in southern California, USA to Peru, including the Galapagos Islands; rare north of Baja California, Mexico.
Biology: Inhabits shallow inshore areas, frequents sandy shores along beaches. Juveniles occurs in tide pools. Exploited on a local level and marketed fresh (Ref. 9324).