pinecone fish


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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