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Fish Parts

Fish tails, Fish mouths, and fish bodies and what they mean
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constant FAST swimmer
crescent
fast (2nd fastest)
forked
medium speed, excellent turning
square
slow, good turning (can be fast, but not very long)
round
poor swimmer, not much swimming
funky
eats things in front of it
forward
eats things beneath it and benthic organisms
downward
eats things above it or at the surface
upward
eats big things or filter feeds
large
eats little tiny things (indiv plankton) or in cracks and crevices
bill
chomps on corals and hard things
beak
eats other fish and can be scary looking
teeth
body shape is streamlined for constant fast swimming
fusiform
body shape is flattened, often benthic
depressed
body shape is squished, lives in still waters, has flash
compressed
body shape is elongated, can live in cracks and crevices, poor swimmer
eel shaped
dark over light
countershading
eye bars and eye spots
misdirection
stripes that make it hard for a predator to pick on one fish
disruptive coloration
attracts fish to its mouth
lure
can make its own light
bioluminescence
toxic or poisonous, has crazy colors and patterns
warning coloration
when males and females look different
sexual dimorphism