Fish Vocab

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Adipose Fin
Fleshy fin behind the dorsal fin
Anterior
Front
Barbels (pronounced bar-bulls)
Whiskers that help the fish detect food
Carnivore
Flesh eating animal
Commercial Fish
Fish caught for commercial trade
Concentric
Having a center in common. Example growth rings on a tree
Dorsal
Pertaining to the back or top
Filter Feeder
Fliters microscopic plants and animals from the water for food
Forage Fish
Fish used as food by larger fish
Lateral Line
A sensory organ with a row of pores running along each side of the head and body of most fish. It looks like a dotted line
Omnivore
An animal that eats any sort of food, plant, or animal
Parasite
An organism living in or on another organisms (its host) from which it obtains food
Posterior
Rear
Scales
Flexible overlapping plates that cover the bodies of some fish. Scales help to protect the fish
Sport Fish
Fish that are caught by individuals for recreation
Ventral
Pertaining to the underside or belly
Dichotomous key
A key used to identify a plant or animal in which each stage presents descriptions of two distinguishing characters, with a direction to another stage in the key, until the species is identified.
Linnaean
Linnean classification definition. A way of organizing living things. In biology, plants and animals have traditionally been classified by the structure of their bodies, in a descending hierarchy of categories: kingdom, phylum, class, order, family, genus, and species.

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