pinecone fish

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pinecone fish

any member of either of two genera of fishes (Cleipodus and Monocentris) belonging to the family Monocentridae (order Beryciformes), found in deepwater marine habitats of the Indo-Pacific region. The common name comes from the characteristically oval body covered with enlarged, platelike scales, which thus resembles a pinecone. Luminescent organs occur on the lower jaw.

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Encyclopedia Britannica, 2008. Encyclopedia Britannica Online.
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