Definitions of percoid
  1. noun
    any of numerous spiny-finned fishes of the order Perciformes
    synonyms: percoid fish, percoidean
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    any of numerous spiny-finned fishes of various families of the order Perciformes
    spiny-finned freshwater food and game fishes
    either of two small silvery scaleless fishes of the northern Pacific that burrow into sand
    elongate compressed somewhat eel-shaped fishes
    deep-sea fishes
    pearl-fish, pearlfish
    found living within the alimentary canals of e.g. sea cucumbers or between the shells of pearl oysters in or near shallow seagrass beds
    a kind of percoid fish
    any of several elongate long-snouted freshwater game and food fishes widely distributed in cooler parts of the northern hemisphere
    centrarchid, sunfish
    small carnivorous freshwater percoid fishes of North America usually having a laterally compressed body and metallic luster: crappies; black bass; bluegills; pumpkinseed
    nontechnical name for any of numerous edible marine and freshwater spiny-finned fishes
    serranid, serranid fish
    marine food sport fishes mainly of warm coastal waters
    surf fish, surffish, surfperch
    small to medium-sized shallow-water fishes of the Pacific coast of North America
    red fishes of American coastal tropical waters having very large eyes and rough scales
    Priacanthus arenatus, catalufa
    brightly colored carnivorous fish of western Atlantic and West Indies waters
    small red fishes of coral reefs and inshore tropical waters
    Lopholatilus chamaeleonticeps, tilefish
    yellow-spotted violet food fish of warm deep waters
    Pomatomus saltatrix, bluefish
    bluish warm-water marine food and game fish that follow schools of small fishes into shallow waters
    Rachycentron canadum, cobia, sergeant fish
    large dark-striped tropical food and game fish related to remoras; found worldwide in coastal to open waters
    carangid, carangid fish
    a percoid fish of the family Carangidae
    dolphin, dolphinfish, mahimahi
    large slender food and game fish widely distributed in warm seas (especially around Hawaii)
    blanquillo, tilefish
    important marine food fishes
    cichlid, cichlid fish
    freshwater fishes of tropical America and Africa and Asia similar to American sunfishes; some are food fishes; many small ones are popular in aquariums
    any of several large sharp-toothed marine food and sport fishes of the family Lutjanidae of mainly tropical coastal waters
    medium-sized tropical marine food fishes that utter grunting sounds when caught
    sparid, sparid fish
    spiny-finned food fishes of warm waters having well-developed teeth
    bream, sea bream
    any of numerous marine percoid fishes especially (but not exclusively) of the family Sparidae
    sciaenid, sciaenid fish
    widely distributed family of carnivorous percoid fishes having a large air bladder used to produce sound
    bottom dwelling marine warm water fishes with two barbels on the chin
    gray mullet, grey mullet, mullet
    freshwater or coastal food fishes a spindle-shaped body; found worldwide
    sea chub
    schooling fishes mostly of Indian and western Pacific oceans; two species in western Atlantic
    Chaetodipterus faber, angelfish, spadefish
    deep-bodied disk-shaped food fish of warmer western Atlantic coastal waters
    butterfly fish
    small usually brilliantly colored tropical marine fishes having narrow deep bodies with large broad fins; found worldwide
    damselfish, demoiselle
    small brilliantly colored tropical marine fishes of coral reefs
    chiefly tropical marine fishes with fleshy lips and powerful teeth; usually brightly colored
    parrotfish, polly fish, pollyfish
    gaudy tropical fishes with parrotlike beaks formed by fusion of teeth
    mullet-like tropical marine fishes having pectoral fins with long threadlike rays
    small large-mouthed tropical marine fishes common along sandy bottoms; males brood egg balls in their mouths; popular aquarium fishes
    heavy-bodied marine bottom-lurkers with eyes on flattened top of the head
    sand stargazer
    small pallid fishes of shoal tropical waters of North America and South America having eyes on stalks atop head; they burrow in sand to await prey
    blennioid, blennioid fish
    elongated mostly scaleless marine fishes with large pectoral fins and reduced pelvic fins
    goby, gudgeon
    small spiny-finned fish of coastal or brackish waters having a large head and elongated tapering body having the ventral fins modified as a sucker
    sleeper, sleeper goby
    tropical fish that resembles a goby and rests quietly on the bottom in shallow water
    pallid bottom-dwelling flat-headed fish with large eyes and a duck-like snout
    Toxotes jaculatrix, archerfish
    any of several small freshwater fishes that catch insects by squirting water at them and knocking them into the water; found in Indonesia and Australia
    worm fish
    poorly known family of small tropical shallow-water fishes related to gobies
    brightly colored coral-reef fish with knifelike spines at the tail
    snake mackerels; elongated marine fishes with oily flesh; resembles mackerels; found worldwide
    cutlassfish, frost fish, hairtail
    long-bodied marine fishes having a long whiplike scaleless body and sharp teeth; closely related to snake mackerel
    scombroid, scombroid fish
    important marine food and game fishes found in all tropical and temperate seas; some are at least partially endothermic and can thrive in colder waters
    butterfish, stromateid, stromateid fish
    small marine fish with a short compressed body and feeble spines
    very small (to 3 inches) flattened marine fish with a sucking disc on the abdomen for clinging to rocks etc.
    large food fish of warm waters worldwide having long anal and dorsal fins that with a caudal fin suggest a three-lobed tail
    small silvery schooling fishes with protrusible mouths found in warm coastal waters
    a small fish of the genus Sillago; excellent food fish
    Perca flavescens, yellow perch
    North American perch
    European perch, Perca fluviatilis
    a perch native to Europe
    pike perch, pike-perch
    any of several pike-like fishes of the perch family
    Percina tanasi, snail darter
    a small snail-eating perch of the Tennessee River
    large tropical American food and game fishes of coastal and brackish waters; resemble pike
    Esox lucius, northern pike
    voracious piscivorous pike of waters of northern hemisphere
    Esox masquinongy, muskellunge
    large (60 to 80 pounds) sport fish of North America
    any of several North American species of small pike
    small sunfishes of central United States rivers
    bream, freshwater bream
    any of various usually edible freshwater percoid fishes having compressed bodies and shiny scales; especially (but not exclusively) of the genus Lepomis
    Lepomis gibbosus, pumpkinseed
    small brilliantly colored North American sunfish
    freshwater bass
    North American food and game fish
    Ambloplites rupestris, rock bass, rock sunfish
    game and food fish of upper Mississippi and Great Lakes
    black bass
    widely distributed and highly prized American freshwater game fishes (sunfish family)
    Morone americana, silver perch, white perch
    small silvery food and game fish of eastern United States streams
    Morone interrupta, yellow bass
    North American freshwater bass resembling the larger marine striped bass
    sea bass
    any of various food and sport fishes of the Atlantic coast of the United States having an elongated body and long spiny dorsal fin
    fishes with slimy mucus-covered skin; found in the warm Atlantic coastal waters of America
    Hipsurus caryi, rainbow perch, rainbow seaperch
    Pacific coast fish
    Apogon maculatus, flame fish, flamefish
    a cardinalfish found in tropical Atlantic coastal waters
    Astropogon stellatus, conchfish
    found in West Indies; lives in mantle cavity of a living conch
    any of several fast-swimming predacious fishes of tropical to warm temperate seas
    Atlantic moonfish, Selene setapinnis, dollarfish, horse-head, horsefish, horsehead, moonfish
    any of several silvery marine fishes with very flat bodies
    any of several deep-bodied food fishes of western Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico
    Naucrates ductor, pilotfish
    small pelagic fish often accompanying sharks or mantas
    any of a number of fishes of the family Carangidae
    Coryphaena hippurus
    the more common dolphinfish valued as food; about six feet long
    Coryphaena equisetis
    a kind of dolphinfish
    Brama raii, pomfret
    deep-bodied sooty-black pelagic spiny-finned fish of the northern Atlantic and northern Pacific; valued for food
    Tilapia nilotica, bolti
    important food fish of the Nile and other rivers of Africa and Asia Minor
    Lutjanus blackfordi, red snapper
    an esteemed food fish with pinkish red head and body; common in the Atlantic coastal waters of North America and the Gulf of Mexico
    Lutjanus griseus, gray snapper, grey snapper, mangrove snapper
    found in shallow waters off the coast of Florida
    Lutjanus analis, mutton snapper, muttonfish
    similar to and often marketed as `red snapper';
    Lutjanus apodus, schoolmaster
    food fish of warm Caribbean and Atlantic waters
    Ocyurus chrysurus, yellowtail, yellowtail snapper
    superior food fish of the tropical Atlantic and Caribbean with broad yellow stripe along the sides and on the tail
    Haemulon album, margate
    a grunt with a red mouth that is found from Florida to Brazil
    Haemulon macrostomum, Spanish grunt
    a kind of grunt
    Haemulon aurolineatum, tomtate
    found off the West Indies and Florida
    Haemulon malanurum, cottonwick
    of warm Atlantic waters
    Haemulon parra, sailor's-choice, sailors choice
    a grunt found from Florida to Brazil and Gulf of Mexico
    Anisotremus virginicus, pork-fish, porkfish
    black and gold grunt found from Bermuda to Caribbean to Brazil
    Anisotremus surinamensis, black margate, pompon
    dusky grey food fish found from Louisiana and Florida southward
    Orthopristis chrysopterus, hogfish, pigfish
    found from Long Island southward
    important deep-bodied food and sport fish of warm and tropical coastal waters; found worldwide
    European sea bream, Pagellus centrodontus
    food fish of European coastal waters
    Archosargus rhomboidalis, Atlantic sea bream
    sea bream of warm Atlantic waters
    Archosargus probatocephalus, sheepshead
    large (up to 20 lbs) food fish of the eastern coast of the United States and Mexico
    Lagodon rhomboides, pinfish, sailor's-choice, squirrelfish
    similar to sea bream; small spiny-finned fish found in bays along the southeastern coast of the United States
    Chrysophrys auratus, snapper
    Australian food fish having a pinkish body with blue spots
    Chrysophrys australis, black bream
    important dark-colored edible food and game fish of Australia
    drum, drumfish
    small to medium-sized bottom-dwelling food and game fishes of shallow coastal and fresh waters that make a drumming noise
    Sciaena antarctica, jewfish, mulloway
    large important food fish of Australia; almost indistinguishable from the maigre
    Sciaena aquila, maiger, maigre
    large European marine food fish
    any of several fishes that make a croaking noise
    any of several food fishes of North American coastal waters
    sea trout
    any of several sciaenid fishes of North American coastal waters
    Mullus surmuletus, goatfish, red mullet, surmullet
    brightly colored tropical fishes with chin barbels
    Mugil cephalus, striped mullet
    most important commercial mullet in eastern United States
    Mugil curema, white mullet
    silvery mullet of Atlantic and Pacific coasts
    Mugil liza, liza
    similar to the striped mullet and takes its place in the Caribbean region
    Bermuda chub, Kyphosus sectatrix, rudderfish
    food and game fish around Bermuda and Florida; often follow ships
    any fish of the genus Chaetodon
    a butterfly fish of the genus Pomacanthus
    Holocanthus tricolor, rock beauty
    gold and black butterflyfish found from West Indies to Brazil
    Pomacentrus leucostictus, beaugregory
    a blue and yellow damselfish of Bermuda and Florida and the West Indies
    anemone fish
    live associated with sea anemones
    Abudefduf saxatilis, sergeant major
    large blue-grey black-striped damselfish; nearly worldwide
    Achoerodus gouldii, giant pigfish, pigfish
    found around the Great Barrier Reef
    Lachnolaimus maximus, hog snapper, hogfish
    large wrasse of western Atlantic; head of male resembles a pig's snout
    Halicoeres bivittatus, slippery dick
    small wrasse of tropical Atlantic
    Halicoeres radiatus, pudding-wife, puddingwife
    bluish and bronze wrasse; found from Florida keys to Brazil
    Thalassoma bifasciatum, bluehead
    small Atlantic wrasse the male of which has a brilliant blue head
    razor fish, razor-fish
    any of several small wrasses with compressed sharp-edged heads of the West Indies and Mediterranean
    Tautoga onitis, blackfish, tautog
    large dark-colored food fish of the Atlantic coast of North America
    Tautogolabrus adspersus, bergall, cunner
    common in north Atlantic coastal waters of the United States
    Polydactylus virginicus, barbu
    found along western Atlantic coast
    blenny, combtooth blenny
    small usually scaleless fishes with comb-like teeth living about rocky shores; are territorial and live in holes between rocks
    clinid, clinid fish
    mostly small blennioid fishes of coral reefs and seagrass beds
    tropical American fishes; males are aggressively defensive of their territory
    bracketed blenny, gunnel
    small eellike fishes common in shallow waters of the northern Atlantic
    small elongate fishes of shallow northern seas; a long dorsal fin consists entirely of spines
    Cryptacanthodes maculatus, ghostfish, wrymouth
    eellike Atlantic bottom fish with large almost vertical mouth
    catfish, wolf fish, wolffish
    large ferocious northern deep-sea food fishes with strong teeth and no pelvic fins
    eelpout, pout
    marine eellike mostly bottom-dwelling fishes of northern seas
    mudskipper, mudspringer
    found in tropical coastal regions of Africa and Asia; able to move on land on strong pectoral fins
    Acanthurus chirurgus, doctor-fish, doctorfish
    surgeon fish of the West Indies
    Gempylus serpens, snake mackerel
    predatory tropical fishes with jutting jaws and strong teeth
    Lepidocybium flavobrunneum, escolar
    large snake mackerel with rings like spectacles around its eyes
    Ruvettus pretiosus, oilfish
    very large deep-water snake mackerel
    any of various fishes of the family Scombridae
    tuna, tunny
    any very large marine food and game fish of the genus Thunnus; related to mackerel; chiefly of warm waters
    any of various scombroid fishes intermediate in size and characteristics between mackerels and tunas
    Euthynnus pelamis, skipjack, skipjack tuna
    oceanic schooling tuna of considerable value in Pacific but less in Atlantic; reaches 75 pounds; very similar to if not the same as oceanic bonito
    Katsuwonus pelamis, bonito, oceanic bonito
    fish whose flesh is dried and flaked for Japanese cookery; may be same species as skipjack tuna
    Xiphias gladius, swordfish
    large toothless marine food fish with a long swordlike upper jaw; not completely cold-blooded i.e. they are able to warm their brains and eyes: worldwide in warm waters but feed on cold ocean floor coming to surface at night
    large pelagic game fish having an elongated upper jaw and long dorsal fin that resembles a sail
    giant warm-water game fish having a prolonged and rounded toothless upper jaw
    Luvarus imperialis, louvar
    large silvery fish found worldwide in warm seas but nowhere common; resembles a whale and feeds on plankton
    Poronotus triacanthus, dollarfish
    small food fish of Atlantic coast
    California pompano, Palometa simillima, palometa
    smaller than Florida pompano; common in West Indies
    Paprilus alepidotus, harvestfish
    butterfish up to a foot long of Atlantic waters from Chesapeake Bay to Argentina
    small (6 inches) tropical butterfishes found worldwide
    larger butterfishes of the western Atlantic from the New York area to the northern Gulf of Mexico
    sluggish square-tailed fish armored with tough bony scales; of deep warm waters
    Hyperglyphe perciformis, barrelfish, black rudderfish
    blackish fish of New England waters
    Gobiesox strumosus, skillet fish, skilletfish
    clingfish with typical skillet shape
    Atlantic tripletail, Lobotes surinamensis
    tripletail found from Cape Cod to northern South America
    Lobotes pacificus, Pacific tripletail
    tripletail found in the Pacific
    Gerres cinereus, yellowfin mojarra
    popular panfish from Bermuda and Gulf of Mexico to Brazil
    Eucinostomus gula, silver jenny
    silvery mojarra found along sandy shores of the western Atlantic
    type of:
    acanthopterygian, spiny-finned fish
    a teleost fish with fins that are supported by sharp inflexible rays
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