plectognath


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plectognath

(ˈplɛktɒɡˌnæθ)
n
(Animals) any spiny-finned marine fish of the mainly tropical order Plectognathi (or Tetraodontiformes), having a small mouth, strong teeth, and small gill openings: includes puffers, triggerfish, trunkfish, sunfish, etc
adj
(Animals) of, relating to, or belonging to the order Plectognathi
[C19: via New Latin from Greek plektos twisted + gnathos jaw]
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Noun1.plectognath - tropical marine fishes having the teeth fused into a beak and thick skin covered with bony plates or spines
acanthopterygian, spiny-finned fish - a teleost fish with fins that are supported by sharp inflexible rays
order Plectognathi, order Tetraodontiformes, Plectognathi - boxfishes; filefishes; globefishes; ocean sunfishes; triggerfishes; puffers
triggerfish - any of numerous compressed deep-bodied tropical fishes with sandpapery skin and erectile spines in the first dorsal fin
filefish - narrow flattened warm-water fishes with leathery skin and a long file-like dorsal spine
boxfish, trunkfish - any of numerous small tropical fishes having body and head encased in bony plates
globefish, puffer, pufferfish, blowfish - any of numerous marine fishes whose elongated spiny body can inflate itself with water or air to form a globe; several species contain a potent nerve poison; closely related to spiny puffers
spiny puffer - puffers having rigid or erectile spines
headfish, mola, ocean sunfish, sunfish - among the largest bony fish; pelagic fish having an oval compressed body with high dorsal and anal fins and caudal fin reduced to a rudder-like lobe; worldwide in warm waters
References in periodicals archive ?
Tyler JC (1966) A new species of triacanthodid plectognath fish from the Caribbean, Hollardia meadi.
A monograph on the plectognath fishes of the Superfamily Triacanthoidea.
New superfamily and three new families of tetraodontiform fishes from the Upper Cretaceous: The earliest and most morphologically primitive plectognaths.