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squirrelfish Line breaks: squir¦rel|fish

Definition of squirrelfish in English:

noun (plural same or squirrelfishes)

A large-eyed, chiefly nocturnal marine fish that is typically brightly coloured and lives around rocks or coral reefs in warm seas.
  • Family Holocentridae: several genera and species.
Example sentences
  • Lobsters, moray eels and squirrelfish seek refuge in the artificial reef made up of PVC pipes.
  • We saw crabs, eels, batfish, unicornfish, pufferfish, boxfish, lionfish, squirrelfish, racoonfish, butterflyfish, parrotfish and angelfish, to name just a few.
  • Since gas bubbles increase sensitivity to sound, many ray-finned fish (e.g. herrings, elephantfishes and squirrelfishes) have modified gas bladders and swimbladders adjacent to the inner ear.

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