bowfin


bowfin
/boh"fin'/, n.
a carnivorous ganoid fish, Amia calva, found in sluggish fresh waters of eastern North America. Also called grindle.
[1835-45, Amer.; BOW2 + FIN]

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Voracious freshwater fish (Amia calva) that is the only living representative of the family Amiidae, which dates back to the Jurassic period (206–144 million years ago).

It is found in sluggish North American waters from the Great Lakes southward to the Gulf of Mexico. Mottled green and brown, it has a long dorsal fin and strong conical teeth. The female, which is larger than the male, reaches a length of 30 in. (75 cm). The bowfin spawns in spring, when the male constructs a crude nest and guards both the fertilized eggs and the newly hatched young. It is sometimes called a dogfish.

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fish
also called  Grindle, Mudfish, or Dogfish 
 (Amia calva), freshwater fish of the order Amiiformes (superorder Holostei); it is the only living representative of its family (Amiidae), which dates back to the Jurassic Period (beginning about 180,000,000 years ago). The bowfin is a voracious fish found in sluggish North American waters from the Great Lakes southward to the Gulf of Mexico.

      The bowfin is mottled green and brown and has a long dorsal fin and strong conical teeth. The female reaches a length of 75 centimetres (30 inches); the smaller male is distinguished by a black tail spot circled with orange. The bowfin spawns in spring. The male constructs a crude nest among vegetation and guards both the fertilized eggs and the newly hatched young.

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Universalium. 2010.

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  • bowfin — ☆ bowfin [bō′fin΄ ] n. a primitive freshwater fish (Amia calva) of E North America, with a rounded tail fin and a long, narrow fin on its back: it is the only living member of an order (Amiiformes) of bony fishes …   English World dictionary

  • Bowfin — Taxobox name = Bowfin regnum = Animalia phylum = Chordata classis = Actinopterygii ordo = Amiiformes ordo authority = Hay, 1929 familia = Amiidae familia authority = Bonaparte, 1838 genus = Amia species = A. calva binomial = Amia calva binomial… …   Wikipedia

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  • bowfin — Scottish Vernacular Dictionary adj : Smelly, dirty like mingin with the emphasis on the smelly. Ah wisht ah d washed ma jumper efter ah wis sick oan it last week. It s pure bowfin noo, so it is …   English dialects glossary

  • bowfin — /ˈboʊfɪn/ (say bohfin) noun (plural bowfin or bowfins) a North American freshwater ganoid fish, Amia calva; freshwater dogfish. Usage: For variation in the plural inflection, see note at fish1 …   Australian English dictionary

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  • bowfin — noun Date: 1845 a predaceous dull green iridescent North American freshwater fish (Amia calva) that is the only surviving member of an order (Amiiformes) dating back to the Jurassic …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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