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musselcracker Line breaks: mussel|crack¦er
Pronunciation: /ˈmʌs(ə)lkrakə/

Definition of musselcracker in English:


South African
A large sea bream with powerful jaws, feeding on shellfish and crustaceans and popular with anglers.
  • Lithognathus and other genera, family Sparidae: several species
Example sentences
  • Species such as the seventyfour, red steenbras and musselcracker have been so severely depleted that they represent no more than 5% of their original abundance in linefish catches.
  • The black musselcracker is a large, solitary species, and individuals are found on both shallow and deep rocky reefs.
  • Our line fishery is in crisis and one of the critically endangered fish is white musselcracker.

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