ten-spined stickleback

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Noun1.ten-spined stickleback - confined to rivers
stickleback, prickleback - small (2-4 inches) pugnacious mostly scaleless spiny-backed fishes of northern fresh and littoral waters having elaborate courtship; subjects of much research
Gasterosteus, genus gasterosteus - type genus of the family Gasterosteidae
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DESMOND MORRIS, zoologist and one-time racehorse owner, has written an enormous number of books, starting with `The Reproductive Behaviour of the Ten-Spined Stickleback' in 1958 and not finishing with `Horsewatching', in 1988.