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Atlantic Saury
2008-10-08 12:46:29

The Atlantic Saury (Scomberesox saurus) is found in the Atlantic Ocean, in the seas near Australia and the Mediterranean. These fish grow to about 13.75 inches long, although they can attain lengths of up to 20 inches long. They have beadlike jaws and a row of finlets behind the dorsal and anal fins. They feed on zooplankton and fish larvae. They are common prey to tuna, marlin, bluefish and...

African Catfish
2008-10-08 12:33:40

The African Catfish (Clarias gariepinus) is a species of catfish found throughout Africa and the Middle East. They inhabit freshwater lakes, rivers, swamps, and manmade ponds. Sometimes they can even be found in urban sewer systems. It is a large, eel-like fish that often reaches lengths of 40 to 60 inches. It is usually dark gray or black in color on the back, with fading to a white belly....

Alaska Blackfish
2008-10-08 12:30:12

Alaska blackfish (Dallia pectoralis) are found only in Alaska and eastern Siberia. They typically live in the densely vegetated areas of lowland swamps, ponds, rivers, and lakes. Alaska blackfish are seldom longer than 8 inches, although individuals up to 13 inches have been found. They are distinguishable from other fish by their large paddle-like lower front fins and tail, tiny ventral...

Silver Dollar Fish
2008-05-01 00:20:30

The Silver Dollar (Metynnis argenteus), is a tropical fish belonging to the Characidae family which is closely related to piranha and pacú. It originates in the Tapajós River basin in South America. Silver dollars natively live in a tropical climate in the sides of weedy rivers. This somewhat round-shaped silver fish with slight red-tinged anal fin is mostly found in tanks kept by...

Telescopefish
2007-06-24 20:26:32

Telescopefish are small, deep-sea aulopiform fish comprising the small family Giganturidae. There are just two known species, both within the genus Gigatura. Though rarely captured, they are found in cold, deep tropical to subtropical waters worldwide. These fish are understandably named for their bizarre, tubular eyes. The genus name Gigantura is in reference to the Gigantes, a race of...

Red cornetfish
2007-06-24 18:29:37

The Red cornetfish, Fistularia petimba, is a cornetfish of the family Fistulariidae, found in tropical oceans worldwide, at depths of between 32.8 and 656.17 ft (10 and 200 m). In Japan they are called Akayagara, and sometimes Teppou (rifle) fish. They are up to 6.56 ft (2 m) in length. The Red cornetfish is a very elongate and cylindrical fish with a long tubular snout making up a quarter...

Flying fish
2007-06-24 18:20:31

Flying fish are a marine fish family comprising about 50 species grouped in 7 to 9 genera. Flying fish are found in all the major oceans, mainly in warm tropical and subtropical waters of the Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian oceans. Their most striking feature is their pectoral fins, which are unusually large, and enable the fish to take short gliding flights through air, above the surface of the...

Rosenblattia robusta
2007-06-24 17:34:33

Rosenblattia robusta is a species of deepwater cardinalfish, the only member of the genus Rosenblattia, found circumglobally in southern temperate waters. Its length is between 1.97 and 4.72 in (5 and 12 cm). Rosenblattia robusta is deep bodied with a humped back above the pectoral fin area, and a single keel on each side of the caudal peduncle. Adults are a uniform golden brown with a...

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...

Bala shark
2007-04-13 19:44:35

The Bala shark, Balantiocheilos melanopterus, also known as the tricolor shark, silver shark, or shark minnow, is a schooling community fish of family Cyprinidae and the sole member of the genus Balantiocheilos. This species is not a true shark, but is commonly called a "shark" because of its torpedo-shaped body and large fins. Native Habitat The Bala shark's native habitats include...

Word of the Day
mallemaroking
  • Nautical, the visiting and carousing of sailors in the Greenland ships.
This word is apparently from a confusion of two similar Dutch words: 'mallemerok,' a foolish woman, and 'mallemok,' a name for some persons among the crew of a whaling vessel.