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noun (plural same or snailfishes)

  • A small fish of cool or cold seas, with loose jelly-like skin and typically a ventral sucker. Also called sea snail.
    • Liparis and other genera, family Cyclopteridae: several species, including L. liparis of the North Atlantic
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    • In these extreme northern latitudes of Baffin Bay, bycatch consisted primarily of gelatinous snailfish, Arctic skate, and four-beard rockling.
    • Liparid snailfish in the genus Careproctus extrude eggs through an anteriorly positioned ovipositor into the branchial chambers of large lithodid crabs.
    • This showy snailfish lacks the purple stripes displayed by other specimens.

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