Definition of lyretail in English:



  • A small African killifish which is popular in aquaria. The colour pattern and shape of the tail, especially in the brightly coloured male, are suggestive of a lyre.

    Several genera and species, family Cyprinodontidae

    • ‘Of all of the anthias, the lyretail is just about the most cantankerous and territorial.’
    • ‘The Chocolate Lyretail Panchax Killifish is a stunning color morph of the Lyretail Panchax Killifish.’
    • ‘Wrasse, butterflies, boxfish, porcupines and pufferfish round out the picture, while lyretail grouper, Napoleon wrasse and rock cod mix with regal, map and other angelfish.’
    • ‘The lyretail is outgoing, quickly adapting to new surroundings and spending a good part of its time in full view in an aquarium.’