midshipman fish

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From midshipman + fish, after their prey-attracting photophores which are said to resemble the buttons of a naval uniform.

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midshipman fish

  1. Any of the toadfishes of genus Porichthys, distinguished by photophores and four lateral lines, typically nocturnal, and noted for a hum produced by males during the breeding season.

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