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hatchetfish

[hach-it-fish] /ˈhætʃ ɪtˌfɪʃ/
noun, plural (especially collectively) hatchetfish (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) hatchetfishes.
1.
any deep-sea fishes of the genera Argyropelicus, Sternoptyx, and related genera, of tropical and temperate waters, having a silvery, hatchet-shaped body.
2.
Also called flying characin. any of several freshwater fishes of the genera Carnegiella, Gasteropelecus, and Thorachocharax, occurring from Panama to the Rio de la Plata and capable of flying short distances by rapid movements of their large pectoral fins.
Origin
1930-1935
1930-35; hatchet + fish
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  • The hatchetfish has upward-oriented eyes that allow it to gauge the position of prey above it.
  • The hatchetfish appears shiny because of its light-producing photophores.
Encyclopedia Article for hatchetfish

any member of two unrelated groups of hatchet-shaped fishes-deep-sea forms of the family Sternoptychidae or freshwater fishes of the family Gasteropelecidae.

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