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n. pl. filefish or file·fish·es
Any of various chiefly tropical marine fishes of the family Monacanthidae, having a flat body, a long dorsal spine, and rough skin.
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n, pl -fish or -fishes
(Animals) any tropical triggerfish, such as Alutera scripta, having a narrow compressed body and a very long dorsal spine
[C18: referring to its file-like scales]
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n., pl. (esp. collectively) -fish, (esp. for kinds or species) -fish•es.
any of several flattened marine fishes of the family Monacanthidae, having an elongated head and spiny scales.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.filefish - narrow flattened warm-water fishes with leathery skin and a long file-like dorsal spinefilefish - narrow flattened warm-water fishes with leathery skin and a long file-like dorsal spine
plectognath, plectognath fish - tropical marine fishes having the teeth fused into a beak and thick skin covered with bony plates or spines
Balistidae, family Balistidae - triggerfishes
leatherfish, leatherjacket - any of several brightly colored tropical filefishes
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References in periodicals archive ?
Reproductive biology of the planehead file fish Stephanolepis hispidus (Pisces: Monacanthidae), in the Canary Islands area.
Aspects of the feeding ecology of the fanbellied leatherjacket, Monacanthus chinensis (Pisces: Monacanthidae), in Posidonia australis seagrass beds in Quibray Bay, Botany Bay, New South Wales.
Further families including mucoid reef fish are the Chaetodontidae (predominant feeding mode), Tetraodontidae, Balistidae, Monacanthidae, Pomacentridae and Scaridae [45].
Snapper Pagrus auratus and Yellowfin Bream Acanthopagrus australis dominate the identified component of excavated Port Jackson fish assemblages, with Leatherjackets (Monacanthidae) and Wrasses (Labridae) common elements.
Filefish (family Monacanthidae) include 95 species widely distributed in both temperate and tropical seas (Nelson, 1994).
In declining order of importance, these families were the Scaridae, Acanthuridae, Holocentridae (exclusively of the subfamily Holocentrinae, the squirrelfishes), Monacanthidae, Priacanthidae, Chaetodontidae, Aulostomidae, and Cirrhitidae (Table 2).
Two alternative female tactics in the polygynous mating system of the threadsail filefish Stephanolepis cirrhifer (Monacanthidae).
These included the planehead filefish, Monacanthus hispidus (Monacanthidae); the gray triggerfish, Balistes capriscus (Balistidae); the southern puffer, Sphoeroides nephalus (Tetraodontidae); and the striped burrfish, Chilomycterus schoepfi (Diodontidae).
Like the Carrum reef, these latter reefs supported good populations of Australian snapper (Sparidae), and also ling (Ophidiidae), boarfish (Pentacerotidae), red mullet (Mullidae), beardie and bearded rock cod (Moridae), leatherjacket (Monacanthidae), long-finned sea pike (Dinolestidae) and garfish Hemirhamphidae), as well as a number of smaller nonangling species.
Las familias mejor representadas por su riqueza especifica fueron Haemulidae, Sparidae, Lutjanidae, Sciaenidae, Monacanthidae y Tetraodontidae (Tabla 1).
-- 3.22 4.45 Sphyraenidae Sphyraeaa barracuda -- -- -- Bothidae Cyclopsetta fimbriata -- -- -- Undetermined -- -- 0.14 Balistidae Balistes capriscus -- -- -- Monacanthidae Aluterus moreoceros -- -- -- Stephanolepis hispides -- -- -- Monacanthus spp.