Common name: Roosterfish
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Identification: Miller and Lea (1972); Eschmeyer et al. (1983); Fischer et al. (1995).
Size: 122 cm.
Native Range: Marine; San Clemente in southern California to Peru, including Galapagos Islands: rare north of Baja (Eschmeyer et al. 1983; Nelson 1994; Fischer et al. 1995).
A single roosterfish was introduced into Salton Sea, California, in 1950 (Walker et al. 1961; Dill and Cordone 1997).
Table 1. States with nonindigenous occurrences, the earliest and latest observations in each state, and the tally and names of HUCs with observations†. Names and dates are hyperlinked to their relevant specimen records. The list of references for all nonindigenous occurrences of Nematistius pectoralis are found here.
Table last updated 1/27/2021
† Populations may not be currently present.
Means of Introduction: Intentionally stocked.
Status: The introduction failed (not surprisingly) to produce a viable population and the species is extirpated in the Salton Sea.
Impact of Introduction: The impacts of this species are currently unknown, as no studies have been done to determine how it has affected ecosystems in the invaded range. The absence of data does not equate to lack of effects. It does, however, mean that research is required to evaluate effects before conclusions can be made.
References: (click for full references)
Dill, W.A., and A.J. Cordone. 1997. History and status of introduced fises in California, 1871-1996. Calilfornia Department of Fish and Game. Fish Bulletin 178.
Eschmeyer, W.N., E.S. Herald, and H. Hamann. 1983. A field guide to Pacific Coast fishes of North America. Peterson Field Guide Series. Houghton Mifflin Co., Boston, MA.
Fischer, W., F. Krupp, W. Schneider, C. Sommer, K.E. Carpenter, and V.H. Niem. 1995. Guía FAO para la identificatión de especies para los fines de la pesca. Pacifico centro-oriental. Volumen III. Vertebrados - Parte 2. Vol. III: 1201-1813. Roma, FAO.
Miller, D.J., and R.N. Lea. 1972. Guide to the coastal marine fishes of California. Fish Bulletin of the California Department of Fish and Game 157:1-235.
Nelson, J.S. 1994. Fishes of the world, 3rd edition. John Wiley and Sons, New York, NY.
Walker, B.W., R.R. Whitney, and G.W. Barlow. 1961. Fishes of the Salton Sea. 77-92 in B. W. Walker, ed. The ecology of the Salton Sea, California, in relation to the sport fishery of California. Fish Bulletin of the California Department of Fish and Game 113.
Revision Date: 4/30/2018
Peer Review Date: 5/17/2000
Fuller, P., 2021, Nematistius pectoralis Gill, 1862: U.S. Geological Survey, Nonindigenous Aquatic Species Database, Gainesville, FL, https://nas.er.usgs.gov/queries/FactSheet.aspx?SpeciesID=792, Revision Date: 4/30/2018, Peer Review Date: 5/17/2000, Access Date: 1/28/2021
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