LotidaeHakes and burbots

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The hakes and burbots is a small family of 21 species found in the Arctic, Atlantic, and Pacific oceans. All species are marine except for the single species of burbot, found in lakes and rivers in northern Europe and North America. They are long, tubular fish with a long dorsal fin that extends almost their whole body length. They have a single barbel on their chin. Many species are commercially fished.

Contributors

Tanya Dewey (author), Animal Diversity Web.

Glossary

bilateral symmetry

having body symmetry such that the animal can be divided in one plane into two mirror-image halves. Animals with bilateral symmetry have dorsal and ventral sides, as well as anterior and posterior ends. Synapomorphy of the Bilateria.

chemical

uses smells or other chemicals to communicate

motile

having the capacity to move from one place to another.

natatorial

specialized for swimming

tactile

uses touch to communicate