zebra fish


zebra fish

noun

Definition of ZEBRA FISH

:  any of various barred fishes; especially :  a very small blue-and-silver-striped Indian danio (Danio rerio syn. Brachydanio rerio) often kept in the tropical aquarium

First Known Use of ZEBRA FISH

1771

zebra fish

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Any member of two unrelated groups of fishes: freshwater species in the genus Brachydanio (family Cyprinidae) and saltwater species in the genus Pterois (family Scorpaenidae). The zebra danio (Brachydanio rerio), a popular freshwater aquarium fish originally from Asia, grows to about 1.5 in. (4 cm) long and has dark blue and silvery longitudinal stripes. The distinctive saltwater zebra fishes (Pterois), used in marine aquariums, have extremely large pectoral fins, numerous extremely poisonous spines, and colourful vertical stripes. Some species are more commonly known as lionfish and turkeyfish.

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