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n. pl. sunfish or sun·fish·es
1. Any of various North American freshwater fishes of the family Centrarchidae, having laterally compressed, often brightly colored bodies and including the crappies, black bass, bluegill, and pumpkinseed.
2. Any of several large marine fishes of the family Molidae, especially the ocean sunfish.

[From the roundish bodies and bright colors of many sunfish species.]
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n, pl -fish or -fishes
1. (Animals) any large plectognath fish of the family Molidae, of temperate and tropical seas, esp Mola mola, which has a large rounded compressed body, long pointed dorsal and anal fins, and a fringelike tail fin
2. (Animals) any of various small predatory North American freshwater percoid fishes of the family Centrarchidae, typically having a compressed brightly coloured body
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n., pl. (esp. collectively) -fish, (esp. for kinds or species) -fish•es.
any freshwater fish of the North American family Centrarchidae, including crappies and black bass.
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Noun1.sunfish - the lean flesh of any of numerous American perch-like fishes of the family Centrarchidaesunfish - the lean flesh of any of numerous American perch-like fishes of the family Centrarchidae
centrarchid, sunfish - small carnivorous freshwater percoid fishes of North America usually having a laterally compressed body and metallic luster: crappies; black bass; bluegills; pumpkinseed
freshwater fish - flesh of fish from fresh water used as food
crappie - small sunfishes of the genus Pomoxis of central United States rivers
2.sunfish - among the largest bony fishsunfish - 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
plectognath, plectognath fish - tropical marine fishes having the teeth fused into a beak and thick skin covered with bony plates or spines
genus Mola - type genus of the Molidae
Mola lanceolata, sharptail mola - caudal fin has a central projection
3.sunfish - small carnivorous freshwater percoid fishes of North America usually having a laterally compressed body and metallic luster: crappies; black bass; bluegills; pumpkinseed
percoid, percoid fish, percoidean - any of numerous spiny-finned fishes of the order Perciformes
crappie - small sunfishes of central United States rivers
freshwater bream, bream - any of various usually edible freshwater percoid fishes having compressed bodies and shiny scales; especially (but not exclusively) of the genus Lepomis
Lepomis gibbosus, pumpkinseed - small brilliantly colored North American sunfish
Ambloplites rupestris, rock sunfish, rock bass - game and food fish of upper Mississippi and Great Lakes
black bass - widely distributed and highly prized American freshwater game fishes (sunfish family)
sunfish - the lean flesh of any of numerous American perch-like fishes of the family Centrarchidae
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The sunfish released by the fishermen possibly belong to a species called southern sunfish (Mola ramsayi) which is reported for the first time from Pakistan coast.
The reported host fishes for V lienosa are centrarchids and include Lepomis cyanellus (Green Sunfish), Lepomis humilis (Orangespotted Sunfish), Lepomis macrochirus (Bluegill), Lepomis megalotis (Longear Sunfish), Lepomis microlophus (Redear Sunfish), and Micropterus salmoides (Largemouth Bass) (Keller and Ruessler, 1997; Daniel and Brown, 2012), which are common in Illinois.
We first compared relative abundances of age-0 carp and four common native fishes: age-0 bluegill Lepomis macrochirus, black crappie Pomoxis nigromaculatus, and yellow perch Perea Jlavescens and adult orangespotted sunfish Lepomis humilis.
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And we just got curious -- how distinct are these rivers from one another?" Beginning with the pygmy sunfish, Quattro and colleagues examined the genetic makeup of fish species within the ancient freshwater drainage systems.
For example, sunfish (Centrarchidae) generally have a high depth ratio and truncated form which allows for a smaller turning radius, thereby enhancing maneuverability (Domenici 2003; Blake 2004).
"From someone who loves to potter about on his little Sunfish. All the best, Paul McCartney." A Sunfish is a small sailing dinghy.
In what has been described as a historic day in the existence of Namsov Fishing Enterprises and Namdock, the MFV Sunfish rose from the water after six hours of pumping to the dry dock.
He used two Sunfish sailboats and transformed them into a single duck boat by turning one hull upside-down on top of the other.
This strategy may be parasitic (e.g., dusky shiner Notropis cummingsae and redbreast sunfish Lepomis auritus; Fletcher, 1993), beneficial to the associate (e.g., striped shiner Luxilus chrysocephalus and hornyhead chub Nocomis biguttatus; Johnston, 1994a), or mutualistic, benefiting both the host and nest associate (e.g., green sunfish Lepomis cyanellus and redfin shiner Lythrurus umbratilis; Johnston, 1994b).
might protect me here--maybe it was I who hauled the sunfish out,