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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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These are the banded grouper Epinephelus awoara (Temming & Schlegel, 1842) and threadsial filefish Stephanolepis cirrhifer (Temming & Schlegel, 1850) in coastal areas of the South China Sea.
(13) Palytoxin poisoning most commonly follows consumption of cooked saltwater fish including mackerel (Decapterus macrosoma), grouper (Epinephelus spp.), filefish (Altera scripta), trigger fish (Melichtys vidua), parrotfish (Scarus ovifrons), blue humphead parrotfish (Ypsiscarus ovifrons), and even locally caught sardines and xanthid crabs (Demania reynaudii).
An Australian-led study by the ARC Centre for Coral Reef Studies at James Cook University found that a coral-eating reef fish called the harlequin filefish adopted the smell of coral to escape and hide from its predators.