shrimpfish

shrimpfish

[shrimp-fish]
noun, plural (especially collectively) shrimpfish (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) shrimpfishes.
any of several fishes of the family Centriscidae, inhabiting shallow waters from eastern Africa to Hawaii, having a compressed body covered with transparent plates.

Origin:
shrimp + fish

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shrimpfish

any of four species of small, tropical marine fishes of the family Centriscidae (order Gasterosteiformes), found in the Indo-Pacific. The name razor fish derives from the shrimpfishes' characteristic sharp-edged belly. Shrimpfishes are nearly transparent, long-snouted, shrimplike fishes, flattened from side to side and covered with a cuirass of fused, transparent armour plates. The armour ends in a long spine (one of the dorsal fin spines), beneath which are the tail and the rest of the dorsal fins.

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