brotula

brotula

[broch-uh-luh]
noun
any of several chiefly deep-sea fishes of the family Brotulidae.

Origin:
< Neo-Latin Brotula genus name < American Spanish brótula kind of fish, literally, little bud, equivalent to brot(ón) bud + -ula -ule

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brotula

any of about 200 to 220 species of marine fishes placed by some authorities with the cusk eels in the family Ophidiidae, and separated by others as the family Brotulidae. Brotulas are primarily deep-sea fishes, although some inhabit shallow waters and a few (Lucifuga, Stygicola) live in freshwater caves of tropical America

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