Having a broad flattened snout, bill, or head.
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having the head, snout, or beak broad and flat like the blade of a shovel.
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You may call a lake-fish that will weigh twenty or thirty pounds a serious matter, but to a man who has hauled in a shovel-nosed shirk, d’ye see, it’s but a poor kind of fishing after all.”
While Gary ogled us, two shovel-nosed sharks, Lady and Sky - honed to detect heartbeats - sidled up and slid their fins across the cage's sides, as if to let us know who was boss.
Seuss-looking shovel-nosed, spotted catfish edges out other South American catfish that also surpass the century mark mostly because of its unique looks, willingness to strike lures, and amazing speed.
For instance, back in 2004 the group worked with the Coalition for Sonoran Desert Protection in filing a petition to add the Tucson shovel-nosed snake, which dwells in the quickly disappearing wild desert around fast-growing cities like Tucson and Phoenix, to the federal list of endangered species.
However, we could not remove this specimen from consideration as a western shovel-nosed snake (Chionactis occipitalis), given similarities between the species in morphology and color pattern as juveniles.
Molecular and phenotypic diversity in Chionactis occipitalis (western shovel-nosed snake), with emphasis on the status of C.
And in the Sonoran coral's range, south-central Arizona to southwestern New Mexico, nonvenomous shovel-nosed snakes wear adjacent red and yellow bands, too.
Larry Stark used green earthworms, found only along a 25-mile stretch of the Missouri River, to catch this shovel-nosed sturgeon in Nebraska.
Common names include billfish, duckbill cat, shovel-nosed sturgeon, spoonbill catfish and freshwater whale, a reference to the gill rakers which resemble the baleen in the mouth of a whale.
The clutch size of the Sonoran shovel-nosed snake may thus be more like that of other closely related and geographically proximal snakes: the ground snake, Sonora semiannulata; mean clutch size = ca 4.1, see Kassing (1961) and Fitch (1970) and filetail ground snake, Sonora aemula; mean clutch size = 4.2 [+ or -] 1.6 SD, n = 5, range 3-7 (Holm pers.
The distribution and variation of the shovel-nosed snake Chionactis palarostris with the description of a new subspecies from coastal Sonora, Mexico.
Only against the scavenger shovel-nosed sharks, who come at him not only singly, but in pairs and finally in a pack, does he literally go down swinging, striking out in his last at-bat.