Gill, 1862; NEMATISTIIDAE FAMILY
Occurs in the eastern Pacific Ocean from the Gulf of California to Peru. most commonly off Ecuador. An in shore species, it is found in the surf, over sandy bottoms, and in moderate depths. the maximum movement being about 300 miles (483 km).
The distinctive dorsal fins of the roosterfish normally remain retracted in a deep groove along the fish's back, but when the fish is excited the fins rise. There are two dark blue or black, curved bands on the flanks. One begins from the front and the other from the back of the first dorsal fin. Both run diagonally down...