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bone·fish

 (bōn′fĭsh′)
n. pl. bonefish or bone·fish·es
Any of several silvery marine fishes of the family Albulidae, especially Albula vulpes, a game fish of warm shallow waters worldwide.

[From its many small bones.]
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bonefish

(ˈbəʊnˌfɪʃ)
n, pl -fish or -fishes
1. (Animals) a silvery marine clupeoid game fish, Albula vulpes, occurring in warm shallow waters: family Albulidae
2. (Animals) a similar related fish, Dixonina nemoptera, of the Pacific Ocean
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bone•fish

(ˈboʊnˌfɪʃ)

n., pl. -fish•es, (esp. collectively) -fish.
a silver game and food fish, Albula vulpes, of warm coastal seas. Also called ladyfish.
[1725–35, Amer.]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.bonefish - slender silvery marine fish found in tropical mud flats and mangrove lagoonsbonefish - slender silvery marine fish found in tropical mud flats and mangrove lagoons
malacopterygian, soft-finned fish - any fish of the superorder Malacopterygii
Albula, genus Albula - type and sole genus of the family Albulidae
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Cryptic speciation is especially prominent in the bonefishes, in which few morphological differences are evident in lineages that have been separated for an estimated 20-30 million years (Shaklee and Tamaru 1981, Colborn et al.
The molecular evidence now available, indicating that cryptic speciation is widespread in the bonefishes, would certainly cast doubt on whether a purely morphological comparison of geographically isolated bonefish populations is sufficient to adequately define relationships.
Much of the molecular research on eastern Pacific bonefishes described herein was supported in part by NSF grant DEB-0346773 to T.A.