Physical Characteristics

Elongate and fusiform body. A long dorsal fin, with 58-66 soft rays, arises above the eye and extends to the caudal peduncle. The anal fin is concave, has 25-31 soft rays, and extends from the anus to the caudal peduncle. The pectoral fin is more than half the length of the head, and the caudal fin is forked. Adult males have a pronounced bony crest on the front of the head. Brilliantly colored, with metallic greens and blues on the back and flanks, gold on the flanks, and yellow and white shades on the venter. Juveniles and young adults have vertical bars on the flanks. Grows to longer than 83 in (210 cm) but lives for only about 5 years.

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