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bat·fish

 (băt′fĭsh′)
n. pl. batfish or bat·fish·es
Any of various marine anglerfishes of the family Ogcocephalidae, having a laterally compressed body with a large disklike head, expanded pectoral fins, and a retractable appendage above the mouth.

batfish

(ˈbætˌfɪʃ)
n, pl -fish or -fishes
(Animals) any angler of the family Ogcocephalidae, having a flattened scaleless body and moving on the sea floor by means of fleshy pectoral and pelvic fins

bat•fish

(ˈbætˌfɪʃ)

n., pl. (esp. collectively) -fish, (esp. for kinds or species) -fish•es.
1. any flat-bodied marine fish of the family Ogcocephalidae, as Ogcocephalus vespertilio, common in warm SW Atlantic coastal waters.
2. a stingray, Aetobatis californicus .
[1900–05]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.batfish - bottom-dweller of warm western Atlantic coastal waters having a flattened scaleless body that crawls about on fleshy pectoral and pelvic finsbatfish - bottom-dweller of warm western Atlantic coastal waters having a flattened scaleless body that crawls about on fleshy pectoral and pelvic fins
family Ogcocephalidae, Ogcocephalidae - batfishes: sluggish bottom-dwelling spiny fishes
acanthopterygian, spiny-finned fish - a teleost fish with fins that are supported by sharp inflexible rays
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And two new fish species, both pancake batfishes, are discovered in a habitat that has been threatened by the Gulf oil spill (SN: 8/14/10, p.
Overall, twelve families were restricted to seagrass habitats: phycid hakes (Phycidae), toadfishes (Batrachiodidae), batfishes (Ogcocephalidae), flyingfishes (Exocoetidae), cardinalfishes (Apogonidae), barracudas (Sphyraenidae), wrasses (Labridae), combtooth blennies (Blenniidae), mackerels (Scombridae), triggerfishes (Balistidae), boxfishes (Ostraciidae), and porcupinefishes (Diodontidae; Table 1).
Nine of the 12 ogcocephalids, or batfishes, are still considered valid species, and there are some fine anatomical drawings of these peculiar fishes.