Although little is know about the life of the butterfish, they typically travel in small bands or loose schools, and prefer inshore areas and sandy seafloors. They mature at two years old and begin to spawn in the Gulf of Maine in June.
Females lay eggs that are buoyant, transparent and spherical. During the first summer young butterfish often live in the shelter of the large jellyfishes. The butterfish feeds on small fish, squid, Crustacea such as amphipods and shrimp, and annelid worms.
- Is beloved for its pure white, rich, buttery meat. It can be served raw as sashimi or cooked in almost any way.