Thursday, January 24, 2013



Roosterfish | Roosterfish is a beautiful light-tackle gamefish and a member of the Carangidae family of jacks, so called after the crest of long dorsal spines that extends far above the body of the fish. It is used locally for its excellent quality food fish and marketed fresh. Roosterfish is a game fish in the marine waters around Guatemala, Mexico, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama, and in the eastern Pacific from Baja California to Peru. Roosterfish inhabit shallow coastal waters, such as sandy shores along the beaches. They are often found around rock outcroppings and rocky islands. Young fish are often found in tidal pools.



Scientific classification
Kingdom:     Animalia
Phylum:     Chordata
Class:     Actinopterygii
Order:     Perciformes
Family:     Nematistiidae
Genus:     Nematistius
Species:     N. pectoralis

A striking, iridescent fish, Roosterfish is characterized by seven long, filamentous dorsal spines, which are found even in young fish. This comb is upright when the roosterfish excited, as when threatened, but usually, the fin remains bags in a sheath on the back. There are also two curved dark stripes on the body, and a dark spot on the basis of the pectoral fin. It is the only fish in the genus and family Nematistius Nematistiidae. It is distinguished by its "rooster comb", seven very long spines of the dorsal fin. 


Roosterfish consume various small fish (50 pounds or more) being capable of capturing even bonito up to 2 pounds in size. When found along the beaches, they may compete in the schools and educate, with different members of a school while behind bait or lures, for large distances. Roosterfish can reach over 4 meters in length and over a hundred pounds. The weight of the fish connected to mean approximately 20 kg. The fish is popular as a game fish, but like most fish in the jack family, it is not considered a good eating fish.

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