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A small brownish wrasse (Tautogolabrus adspersus) of northern North American Atlantic waters.

[Perhaps alteration of conner, one who cons (guides a ship); see con3.]


1. (Fishing) a fish (Crenilabrus melops) of the wrasse family found in British coastal areas. Also called: gilt-head
2. (Fishing) a salt-water fish (Tautogolabrus adspersus) found in western Atlantic areas. Also called: bergali or conner


(ˈkʌn ər)

a small Atlantic wrasse, Tautogolabrus adspersus.
[1595–1605; orig. uncertain]
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Noun1.cunner - common in north Atlantic coastal waters of the United Statescunner - common in north Atlantic coastal waters of the United States
wrasse - chiefly tropical marine fishes with fleshy lips and powerful teeth; usually brightly colored
genus Tautogolabrus, Tautogolabrus - a genus of Labridae
References in periodicals archive ?
Paradoxical effects of cadmium on antibacterial antibody responses in two fish species: inhibition in cunners (Tautogolabrus adspersus) and enhancement in striped bass (Morone saxatilis).
Southern New England (Long Island Sound-Cape Cod) Cunner, toadfish, striped bass, scup, tautog, black sea bass, rock gunnel, conger eel, American eel, ocean pout, red hake, white hake, cod, juvenile pollack, and various nonfishery species have been reported on mostly rocky estuarine reefs in this area (Nichols and Breder, 1927; Able et al.
Physiological characterization of supramedullary/dorsal neurons of the cunner, Tautogolabrus adspersus.
The ecological context of nudibranchs and cunner at this site may explain the lack of significance: although the nudibranchs settle among a dense population of cunner and may be nipped at, they may recognize that these fish do not represent a valid threat; thus they are less likely to significantly change their incorporation of nematocysts.
In this article, we report on the correlation between measures of reproductive output in laboratory studies with adult cunner (Tautogolabrus adspersus) and the widely used indicator of estrogen exposure, male plasma vitellogenin expression.
When used as a general anesthetic, tricaine significantly alters physiological parameters recorded from supramedullary/dorsal cells of the cunner, Tautogolabrus adspersus.
Pascal, "Physiolegical effects of tricaine on the supramedullary/dorsal neurons of the cunner, Tautogelabrus adspersus"
Eggs were most likely those of cod, for the CHW category, and cunner, for the CYT category because only larvae of those species were found in other elements of the research program.
We have therefore studied the effect of tricaine on the level of current necessary to elicit an action potential and spike height of supramedullary/dorsal neurons of the cunner Tautogolabrus adspersus (3, 4).
Activity, movements, and feeding behavior of the cunner, Tautogolabrus adspersus, and comparison of food habits with young tautog, Tautoga onitis, off Long Island, New York.
Comparative physiological studies in the cunner and other teleost fish have indicated that these cells make electrotonic connections with one another (2).
First Biennial Conference on the biology of tautog and cunner, Mystic, CT, 30 November-1 December 1999.