Definition of Jawfish
1. Noun. Small large-mouthed tropical marine fishes common along sandy bottoms; males brood egg balls in their mouths; popular aquarium fishes.
Group relationships: Family Opisthognathidae, Opisthognathidae
Definition of Jawfish
1. Noun. Any of many marine fish, of the family Opistognathidae, that have large mouths ¹
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Literary usage of Jawfish
Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:
1. Trukese-English Dictionary by Ward Hunt Goodenough, Hiroshi Sugita (1980)
"lower jaw, jaw. jawfish ... a species of bass (huge, up to six feet long, probably the jawfish). jealous ..."
2. Fishes by David Starr Jordan (1907)
"... the maxillary, long and curved, extends far behind the head. The few species are found in warm r:* FIG. 407.—jawfish ..."
3. The US Virgin Islands Alive! by Harriet Greenberg, Douglas Greenberg (2006)
"Restricted to expert divers, the wreck is inhabited by snappers and jawfish. Southeastern Dive Sites Packet Rock A submerged rock ledge on which the Warrick ..."
4. Adventure Guide Honduras & the Bay Islands by Maria Fiallos (2006)
"Converging currents attract a rich array of marine life including morays, permits, groupers, yellow head jawfish, snappers, grunts circle, sand tilefish, ..."
5. Best Dives of the Caribbean by Joyce Huber (2006)
"Frequent sightings of hawksbill turtles, bigeyes, permits, spadefish, frogfish, rare orange filefish, flying gurnards, yellow jawfish, sailfin blennies and ..."
6. Adventure Guide Virgin Islands by Lynne M. Sullivan (2006)
"Here you'll find starfish, yellowtail snapper and jawfish. Currents can be strong, so only strong swimmers should attempt to swim from the beach to the cay. ..."
7. Best Dives of the Western Hemisphere by Joyce Huber (1999)
"There are loads of big Caribbean starfish in the sand and walls of fish all around the island, including big yellowtail snapper and jawfish. ..."
8. Puerto Rico by Kurt Pitzer, Tara Stevens (2001)
"Creatures such as urchins, jawfish, burrowing eels and big hermit crabs all leave the relative safety of the reef to graze the sand for algae. ..."