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spiny-finned fish

Definitions of spiny-finned fish
  1. noun
    a teleost fish with fins that are supported by sharp inflexible rays
    synonyms: acanthopterygian
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    malacopterygian, soft-finned fish
    any fish of the superorder Malacopterygii
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    squirrelfish
    very small, brightly colored (especially red) nocturnal fishes of shallow waters or tropical reefs; they make sounds like a squirrel's bark
    anomalops, flashlight fish
    fish having a luminous organ beneath eye; of warm waters of the western Pacific and Puerto Rico
    Photoblepharon palpebratus, flashlight fish
    fish of deep dark waters having a light organ below each eye
    dory
    marine fishes widely distributed in mid-waters and deep slope waters
    Capros aper, boarfish
    fish with a projecting snout
    boarfish
    fish with large eyes and long snouts
    prickleback, stickleback
    small (2-4 inches) pugnacious mostly scaleless spiny-backed fishes of northern fresh and littoral waters having elaborate courtship; subjects of much research
    batfish
    bottom-dweller of warm western Atlantic coastal waters having a flattened scaleless body that crawls about on fleshy pectoral and pelvic fins
    Lophius Americanus, allmouth, angler, angler fish, anglerfish, goosefish, lotte, monkfish
    fishes having large mouths with a wormlike filament attached for luring prey
    Opsanus tau, toadfish
    bottom-dwelling fish having scaleless slimy skin and a broad thick head with a wide mouth
    frogfish
    fish having a frog-like mouth with a lure on the snout
    sargassum fish
    small fantastically formed and colored fishes found among masses of sargassum
    percoid, percoid fish, percoidean
    any of numerous spiny-finned fishes of the order Perciformes
    remora, suckerfish, sucking fish
    marine fishes with a flattened elongated body and a sucking disk on the head for attaching to large fish or moving objects
    silverside, silversides
    small fishes having a silver stripe along each side; abundant along the Atlantic coast of the United States
    barracuda
    any voracious marine fish of the genus Sphyraena having an elongated cylindrical body and large mouth with projecting lower jaw and long strong teeth
    launce, sand eel, sand lance, sand launce
    very small silvery eellike schooling fishes that burrow into sandy beaches
    dragonet
    small often brightly colored scaleless marine bottom-dwellers; found in tropical and warm temperate waters of Europe and America
    scorpaenoid, scorpaenoid fish
    fishes having the head armored with bony plates
    plectognath, plectognath fish
    tropical marine fishes having the teeth fused into a beak and thick skin covered with bony plates or spines
    flatfish
    any of several families of fishes having flattened bodies that swim along the sea floor on one side of the body with both eyes on the upper side
    Holocentrus coruscus, reef squirrelfish
    on reefs from Bermuda and Florida to northern South America
    Holocentrus bullisi, deepwater squirrelfish
    a squirrelfish found from South Carolina to Bermuda and Gulf of Mexico
    Holocentrus ascensionis
    bright red fish of West Indies and Bermuda
    soldier-fish, soldierfish
    the larger squirrelfishes
    John Dory, Zeus faber
    European dory
    Gasterosteus aculeatus, three-spined stickleback
    of rivers and coastal regions
    Gasterosteus pungitius, ten-spined stickleback
    confined to rivers
    oyster fish, oyster-fish, oysterfish
    a variety of toadfish
    Ophiodon elongatus, lingcod
    food fish of the northern Pacific related to greenlings
    perch
    any of numerous spiny-finned fishes of various families of the order Perciformes
    perch
    spiny-finned freshwater food and game fishes
    sandfish
    either of two small silvery scaleless fishes of the northern Pacific that burrow into sand
    cusk-eel
    elongate compressed somewhat eel-shaped fishes
    brotula
    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
    robalo
    a kind of percoid fish
    pike
    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
    bass
    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
    bigeye
    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
    cardinalfish
    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
    Echeneis naucrates, sharksucker
    remoras found attached to sharks
    Remilegia australis, whale sucker, whalesucker
    large blue Pacific remora that attaches to whales and dolphins
    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
    snapper
    any of several large sharp-toothed marine food and sport fishes of the family Lutjanidae of mainly tropical coastal waters
    grunt
    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
    mullet
    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
    Atherinopsis californiensis, jacksmelt
    a relatively large silversides of the Pacific coast of North America (known to reach 18 inches in length)
    Sphyraena barracuda, great barracuda
    large (up to 6 ft) greyish-brown barracuda highly regarded as a food and sport fish; may be dangerous to swimmers
    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
    wrasse
    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
    threadfin
    mullet-like tropical marine fishes having pectoral fins with long threadlike rays
    jawfish
    small large-mouthed tropical marine fishes common along sandy bottoms; males brood egg balls in their mouths; popular aquarium fishes
    stargazer
    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
    flathead
    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
    surgeonfish
    brightly colored coral-reef fish with knifelike spines at the tail
    gempylid
    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
    clingfish
    very small (to 3 inches) flattened marine fish with a sucking disc on the abdomen for clinging to rocks etc.
    tripletail
    large food fish of warm waters worldwide having long anal and dorsal fins that with a caudal fin suggest a three-lobed tail
    mojarra
    small silvery schooling fishes with protrusible mouths found in warm coastal waters
    whiting
    a small fish of the genus Sillago; excellent food fish
    scorpaenid, scorpaenid fish
    any of numerous carnivorous usually bottom-dwelling warm-water marine fishes found worldwide but most abundant in the Pacific
    sculpin
    any of numerous spiny large-headed usually scaleless scorpaenoid fishes with broad mouths
    Cyclopterus lumpus, lumpfish
    clumsy soft thick-bodied northern Atlantic fish with pelvic fins fused into a sucker; edible roe used for caviar
    Liparis liparis, sea snail, seasnail, snailfish
    small tadpole-shaped cold-water fishes with pelvic fins forming a sucker; related to lumpfish
    poacher, sea poacher, sea poker
    small slender fish (to 8 inches) with body covered by bony plates; chiefly of deeper northern Pacific waters
    greenling
    food fish of the northern Pacific
    flathead
    food fish of the Indonesian region of the Pacific; resembles gurnards
    gurnard
    bottom-dwelling coastal fishes with spiny armored heads and fingerlike pectoral fins used for crawling along the sea bottom
    butterflyfish, flying gurnard, flying robin
    tropical fish with huge fanlike pectoral fins for underwater gliding; unrelated to searobins
    triggerfish
    any of numerous compressed deep-bodied tropical fishes with sandpapery skin and erectile spines in the first dorsal fin
    filefish
    narrow flattened warm-water fishes with leathery skin and a long file-like dorsal spine
    boxfish, trunkfish
    any of numerous small tropical fishes having body and head encased in bony plates
    blowfish, globefish, puffer, pufferfish
    any of numerous marine fishes whose elongated spiny body can inflate itself with water or air to form a globe; several species contain a potent nerve poison; closely related to spiny puffers
    spiny puffer
    puffers having rigid or erectile spines
    headfish, mola, ocean sunfish, sunfish
    among the largest bony fish; pelagic fish having an oval compressed body with high dorsal and anal fins and caudal fin reduced to a rudder-like lobe; worldwide in warm waters
    flounder
    any of various European and non-European marine flatfish
    righteye flounder, righteyed flounder
    flounders with both eyes on the right side of the head
    halibut, holibut
    marine food fish of the northern Atlantic or northern Pacific; the largest flatfish and one of the largest teleost fishes
    lefteye flounder, lefteyed flounder
    flatfishes with both eyes on the left side of the head
    tongue-fish, tonguefish
    left-eyed marine flatfish whose tail tapers to a point; of little commercial value
    sole
    right-eyed flatfish; many are valued as food; most common in warm seas especially European
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    teleost, teleost fish, teleostan
    a bony fish of the subclass Teleostei
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