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elasmobranch Line breaks: elasmo|branch
Pronunciation: /ɪˈlazmə(ʊ)braŋk/

Definition of elasmobranch in English:


A cartilaginous fish of a group that comprises the sharks, rays, and skates. Compare with selachian.
  • Subclass Elasmobranchii, class Chondrichthyes
Example sentences
  • However, the presence of modulation in feeding among the elasmobranchs (sharks, skates, and rays) has not been extensively studied.
  • Like other elasmobranchs (sharks and rays), skates are vulnerable to overfishing because they mature late.
  • Additional comments are made below regarding the distribution of epipelagic, mesopelagic, and benthopelagic elasmobranchs and teleosts in the upwelling assemblages.


Late 19th century: from modern Latin Elasmobranchii (plural), from Greek elasmos 'beaten metal' + brankhia 'gills'.

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