Friday, August 11, 2017

Fish Pic Friday - Roosterfish

Luiza Barros
The roosterfish, Nematistius pectoralis, is a game fish found in the warmer waters of the East Pacific from Baja California to Peru.  It is the only species in the genus Nematistius and the family Nematistiidae. It is distinguished by its "rooster comb", seven very long spines of the dorsal fin.

Two of my usual sources, Darcizzle and Brooke Thomas are Florida based, and I haven't been able to find them with a Rooster.

The roosterfish has an unusual arrangement of its ears: the swim bladder penetrates the brain through the large foramina and makes contact with the inner ear. It uses its swim bladder to amplify sounds.

Roosterfish can reach over 1.6 m (5 ft 3 in) in length and over 50 kg (110 lb) in weight.The weight of the average fish hooked is about 20 lb (9.1 kg). The fish is popular as a game fish, but it is not considered a good eating fish. Catch and release is strongly recommended.
I hooked one in Baja California once, on a side trip of a cruise, but alas, did not land it.

Linked at EBL (Evi L. Blogger Lady) in "Kayla Fitz." Never heard of her before, but she would look good with a Roosterfish.  Linked at Pirate's Cove in the weekly "Sorta Blogless Sunday Pinup" and linkfest. Wombat-socho has "Rule 5 Monday: Taylor On Top" up and running.

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