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Surfperch
2007-05-21 07:38:43

The Surfperch are a family, Embiotocidae, of perciform fishes. They are found in coastal waters of the northern Pacific and grow up to 16.54 in (45 cm) long. They are viviparous fish; the embryo is nourished directly by the mother as well as the yolk. This gives the family its scientific name, from Greek embios meaning "persistent" and tokos meaning "birth". There are 22 species of Surfperch.

Grahams gudgeon
2007-05-21 06:20:57

Graham's gudgeon, Grahamichthys radiata, is a sleeper of the family Eleotridae, the only member of the genus Grahamichthys. It is found only around New Zealand in shallow coastal waters. Its length is between 1.97 and 2.56 in (5 and 6.5 cm). Graham's gudgeon is a small goby-like fish with two separate dorsal fins, a large fan shaped pectoral fin, pelvic fins that are not fused beneath the...

Electric eel
2007-05-21 06:18:54

The Electric eel, Electrophorus electricus, is a species of fish. It is capable of generating powerful electric shocks, which it uses for both hunting and self-defense. It is a top predator in its South American range. Despite its name it is not an eel at all but rather a knifefish. Taxonomy The species is so unusual that it has been reclassified several times. Originally it was given its...

Prickly shark
2007-04-19 10:31:21

The Prickly shark, Echinorhinus cookei, is a species of large bottom dwelling shark from the Pacific Ocean. Physical characteristics The Prickly shark has no anal fin and two small spineless dorsal fins set far on the back by the tail. Its maximum length is 13.12 ft (4 m). The Prickly shark looks very similar to the bramble shark but without the thorny denticles. Distribution The...

Bramble shark
2007-04-19 10:29:30

The Bramble shark, Echinorhinus brucus, is covered with large, thorn-like denticles, and hence the name "bramble" shark. Physical characteristics Bramble sharks have a long cylindrical body covered with large protruding denticles, no anal fin, two small dorsal fins placed far on the back just before the tail, and five pairs of gill slits. They can reach a maximum length of 10 ft (3.1 m)....

Thorny catfish
2007-04-19 10:20:38

Thorny catfish, Raphaels, or Talking catfish are a family, Doradidae, of catfishes native to South America, primarily in Brazil, Peru, and the Guianas. There are approximately 35 genera and 90 species. Typical features of the family are a row of armored plates laterally along the body (known as scutes) often with spike like extensions along the center of the plates, three pairs of barbels...

Porcupinefish
2007-04-19 10:16:06

Porcupinefish are fish of the family Diodontidae, (order Tetraodontiformes), also commonly called Blowfish (and, sometimes, "Balloonfish" or "Globefish"). They are sometimes confused with Pufferfish. Porcupinefish are closely related to Pufferfish but Porcupinefish have spines on their body. Porcupinefish have the ability to inflate their body by swallowing water (or air) and become round...

Double anglers
2007-04-19 10:14:45

Double anglers are a family, Diceratiidae, of anglerfish. They are found in deep, lightless waters of the Atlantic, Indian and western Pacific Oceans. They are easily distinguished from other anglerfish by their possession of a second light-bearing dorsal fin spine immediately behind the illicium (the bioluminescent lure present in other anglerfish). As in other anglerfish, males are very...

Narrownecked oceanic eel
2007-04-19 06:16:31

The Narrownecked oceanic eel, Derichthys serpentinus, is a longneck eel, the only species in the genus Derichthys, found in all oceans in depths between 1640.42 and 6561.68 ft (500 and 2,000 m). Their length is up to 15.75 in (40 cm). The Narrownecked oceanic eel has a snake-like head set on a long thin 'neck', large eyes, a blunt snout, and an underslung lower jaw. The hind part of the body...

Bluespotted ribbontail ray
2007-04-19 05:56:14

The Bluespotted ribbontail ray, Taeniura lymma, is a stingray of the family Dasyatidae, found around coral reefs in the tropical Indo-West Pacific from the Red Sea and East Africa to the Solomon Islands north to southern Japan and south to northern Australia, between latitudes 32° N and 30° S. The bluespotted ribbontail ray is a colorful stingray with large bright blue spots on an...

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endocarp
  • The hard inner (usually woody) layer of the pericarp of some fruits (as peaches or plums or cherries or olives) that contains the seed.
This word comes from the Greek 'endon,' in, within, plus the Greek 'kardia,' heart.
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