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Chiselmouth Ministry of Fisheries
1999
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Abstract: The chiselmouth has a short, blunt head with large eyes. The upper lip is fleshy and covers a hard cartilaginous plate in the upper jaw. The lower lip is covered with hard cartilage and has a straight-cutting edge that looks like a chisel. Chiselmouth are not brightlycoloured. (This is probably an adaptation to avoid predation, since their herbivorous eating habits require them to feed in shallow water.) The back is usually a dark brown while the sides are lighter with many small black dots. Sometimes it has orange colouration in the part of the pectoral and pelvic fins closest to the body. The tail is deeply forked and the caudal peduncle (narrow part of the tail) is extremely slender, giving the fish a very streamlined look.
 
Ministry of Fisheries. 1999. Chiselmouth. Ministry of Fisheries. Fish Facts
 
Topic: Fish and Fish Habitats
Keywords: fish facts, habitat, chisemouth
ISSN:  Scientific Name: Acrocheilus alutaceus
ISBN:  English Name: Chiselmouth
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