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Oriental flying gurnard
2007-04-13 19:54:45

The Oriental flying gurnard, Dactyloptena orientalis, is a flying gurnard of the family Dactylopteridae found in the Indo-Pacific Oceans at depths down to 328.08 ft (100 m). Their length is up to 15.75 in (40 cm). The oriental flying gurnard has huge, round pectoral fins. The fins are usually held against the body, but when threatened they can expand the 'wings' to scare off a predator....

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vermicular
  • Like a worm in form or movement; vermiform; tortuous or sinuous; also, writhing or wriggling.
  • Like the track or trace of a worm; appearing as if worm-eaten; vermiculate.
  • Marked with fine, close-set, wavy or tortuous lines of color; vermiculated.
  • A form of rusticated masonry which is so wrought as to appear thickly indented with worm-tracks.
This word ultimately comes from the Latin 'vermis,' worm.
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