One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A fish of the north-eastern Pacific, with small rough scales and long spines in the comblike dorsal fin.
Family Zaniolepididae and genus Zaniolepis: several species
- ‘Yellowtail, seapike, silver sweep, pomfret, nannygais, bullseyes, dozens of moon wrasse, blue gropers and combfish follow you on your dive as you swim around this amazing site.’
- ‘There are only two species of combfish, one of which occurs in our region.’
- ‘An abundance of jewellery made of fine seeds and shells, pandanus weavings, painted turtle shells and combfish bones also fill the gallery.’
- ‘Dozens of demoiselles hovered, waiting for the combfish to remove their parasites while the goatfish below seemed oblivious to the free grooming services available.’
- ‘Within this area fish life is impressive with several species more commonly seen further north: sharp nosed pufferfish, crimson cleaners, combfish and bluefish to name a few.’
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