Branchiostegidae

plural noun
Bran·​chi·​o·​steg·​i·​dae | \ ˌbraŋkēōˈstejəˌdē \

Definition of Branchiostegidae

: a small family of marine percoid fishes (such as the blanquillos) having an elongate body, long dorsal and anal fins, and thoracic or subjugular ventral fins

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History and Etymology for Branchiostegidae

New Latin, from Branchiostegus, type genus (from branchi- + -stegus, from Greek stegē roof, cover) + -idae

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“Branchiostegidae.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Branchiostegidae. Accessed 28 Oct. 2020.

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