One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A fish of tropical oceans that is often found among the tentacles of the Portuguese man-of-war, where it sometimes browses on the host's body and tentacles.
- ‘Found in tropical seas, the best know species of shepherd fish is known as the man-of-war fish or driftfish.’
- ‘We have tried unsuccessfully to keep Nomeus, the Portuguese man-of-war fish, alive in a 52-gallon aquarium.’
- ‘The yellow jack and the man-of-war fish hide within the tentacles and perhaps attract larger prey into the trap and feed on the caught prey.’
- ‘Feeding on its stinging tentacles, which do not harm them, are small man-of-war fish.’
- ‘The same is true in the relationship between the Portuguese man-of-war and the man-of-war fish that live amongst its tentacles.’
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