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elephant fish

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(Animals) a large marine fish, Callorhinchus milii, of southwest Pacific waters, having a snout resembling an elephant's trunk. Also called: reperepe
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Squeakers or small catfish, and Mormyrids - also known as elephantfish - hunt at night by emitting tiny electrical charges, but live in fear of a far larger predator.
Many of the fish living in the river exhibit special adaptations to help them survive; the elephantfish, so-called because of its unusual extended mouthparts, uses an electric field to build up a picture of its surroundings in the low-visibility waters, while lungfish, which are able to survive in low- oxygen environments, wait out the dry season by burrowing into the riverbed and breathing air.
Enzyme histochemistry and immunohistochemistry was used to localize glycolytic and oxidative metabolic enzymes in electrocytes of the electric fish Gnathonemus, commonly known as the elephantfish.