This little fish (about 10") was found in one of the tidepool tanks at the Gloucester Maritime Center. I couldn't find an identification/information tag near the tank. Today I did a google image search which sent me in the direction of "grunts", particularly a 'sheepshead grunt'. My Audobon field guide places grunts in the Family Haemulidae (perch like fish) and places 'sheepshead' in the Family Sparidae' aka "Porgies". if you can confirm my identification, it would be much appreciated.
another contender for the new series. i love how the nape stripe drives through the eye and into the snout.