elasmobranch

(redirected from Elasmobranchs)
Also found in: Thesaurus, Medical, Encyclopedia.

e·las·mo·branch

 (ĭ-lăz′mə-brăngk′)
n.
Any of various cartilaginous fishes of the subclass Elasmobranchii, having five to seven pairs of lateral gill slits and including the sharks, rays, and skates.

[From New Latin Elasmobranchiī, subclass name : Greek elasmos, metal beaten out (from elaunein, elas-, to beat) + Latin branchia, gill; see branchia.]

e·las′mo·branch′ adj.
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

elasmobranch

(ɪˈlæsməˌbræŋk; ɪˈlæz-)
n
(Animals) any cartilaginous fish of the subclass Elasmobranchii (or Selachii), which includes the sharks, rays, dogfish, and skates
adj
(Animals) of, relating to, or belonging to the Elasmobranchii
Also called: selachian
[C19: from New Latin elasmobranchii, from Greek elasmos metal plate + brankhia gills]
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014

e•las•mo•branch

(ɪˈlæs məˌbræŋk, ɪˈlæz-)

adj.
1. belonging or pertaining to the Elasmobranchii, the subclass of cartilaginous fishes comprising the sharks and rays.
n.
2. an elasmobranch fish.
[1870–75; < New Latin Elasmobranchii < Greek elasm(ós) beaten metal]
Random House Kernerman Webster's College Dictionary, © 2010 K Dictionaries Ltd. Copyright 2005, 1997, 1991 by Random House, Inc. All rights reserved.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.elasmobranch - any of numerous fishes of the class Chondrichthyes characterized by a cartilaginous skeleton and placoid scales: sharkselasmobranch - any of numerous fishes of the class Chondrichthyes characterized by a cartilaginous skeleton and placoid scales: sharks; rays; skates
cartilaginous fish, chondrichthian - fishes in which the skeleton may be calcified but not ossified
shark - any of numerous elongate mostly marine carnivorous fishes with heterocercal caudal fins and tough skin covered with small toothlike scales
ray - cartilaginous fishes having horizontally flattened bodies and enlarged winglike pectoral fins with gills on the underside; most swim by moving the pectoral fins
Based on WordNet 3.0, Farlex clipart collection. © 2003-2012 Princeton University, Farlex Inc.
References in periodicals archive ?
In contrast, other pelagic elasmobranchs have longer point-to-point movements, such as the tiger shark Galeocerdo cuvier (3,500 km) (Lea et al.
Sometimes referred to as "flat sharks," these elasmobranchs are easily identified by spot patterns on their dorsal side.
Handling of elasmobranchs in captivity or in the natural environment requires complicated logistics that impose major difficulty.
Populations of sharks, rays and skates (elasmobranchs) have
Juvenile white sharks usually inhabit shallow waters close to the coast to feed on other elasmobranchs, bony fishes, or cephalopods (Compagno, 2001; Fergusson et al., 2009; Santana-Morales et al., 2012).
'Under its Observer Programme, WWF-Pakistan has safely released a number of elasmobranchs including 98 whale sharks, 79 mobulids and nine rays', he said.
(2.) Oguri, M (1990) "A review of selected physiological characteristics unique to elasmobranchs" In: Elasmobranchs as living resources: advances in the biology, ecology, systematics and the status of the fisheries, eds.
The potentially sustainable catch of elasmobranchs (sharks, rays, and chimaeras), meanwhile, has been'estimated at 12 percent of the total elasmobranch catch,'says the report, or'33 out of the 537'existing shark species.
Life History Patterns in the Elasmobranchs: Implications for Fisheries Management.
Phylogenetic and ecological factors influencing the number and distribution of electroreceptors in elasmobranchs. Journal of Fish Biology, 80(5), 2055-2088.