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| Common names: roosterfish (English), plumero (Espanol), pejepluma (Espanol), pejegallo (Espanol), papagallo (Espanol) |
Nematistius pectoralis Gill, 1862
Body elongate, compressed; head pointed; teeth simple, in wide bands on jaws, on roof of mouth; 1st dorsal fin with VII spines, last VI very elongate + I, 25; anal rays II, 15, no spines separated from rest of fin, its base much shorter than base of dorsal fin; pectorals 16, very long, curved, longer than pelvics; tail deeply forked; scales small, smooth, about 130 in lateral series; none forming scutes on lateral line.
Bluish grey with silvery reflections; 4 black bars: one between eyes, oner across rear part of head, 2 obliquely curved black bands on side, last one running down center of tail base.
Grows to at least 191 cm, and 51.7 kg.
Inhabits sandy shores; an angling favorite that is sometimes caught by trolling close to beaches.
Depth: 0-20 m.
Northern Baja California to the SW and eastern Gulf of California to Peru, and the Galapagos and Malpelo.