Definitions for cyprinidˈsɪp rə nɪd
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
cyp•ri•nidˈsɪp rə nɪd(n.)
any of the freshwater fishes of the family Cyprinidae, including carps, minnows, bream, chub, and dace.
(adj.)carplike in form or structure.
Origin of cyprinid:
1890–95; < NL Cyprinidae=Cyprīn(us) genus name (L: carp < Gk kyprînos) +-idae -id2
cyprinid, cyprinid fish(adj)
soft-finned mainly freshwater fishes typically having toothless jaws and cycloid scales
of or relating to members of fish family Cyprinidae
Any fish of this family.
Of, pertaining to or characteristic of the Cyprinidae family of fish that includes carps and minnows.
Cyprinidae are a large family of freshwater fishes that comprise the carps, the true minnows, and their relatives. Commonly called the carp family or the minnow family, its members are also known as cyprinids. It is the largest fish family and the largest family of vertebrate animals in general, with over 2,400 species in about 220 genera. The family belongs to the order Cypriniformes, of whose genera and species the cyprinids make up two-thirds. The family name is derived from the Ancient Greek kyprînos, Cyprinids are stomachless fish with toothless jaws. Even so, food can be effectively chewed by the gill rakers of the specialized last gill bow. These pharyngeal teeth allow the fish to make chewing motions against a chewing plate formed by a bony process of the skull. The pharyngeal teeth are species-specific and are used by specialists to determine species. Strong pharyngeal teeth allow fish such as the common carp and ide to eat hard baits like snails and bivalves. Hearing is a well-developed sense, since the cyprinds have the Weberian organ, three specialized vertebral processes that transfer motion of the gas bladder to the inner ear. This construction is also used to observe motion of the gas bladder due to atmospheric conditions or depth changes. The cyprinids are physostomes because the pneumatic duct is retained in adult stages and the fish are able to gulp air to fill the gas bladder or they can dispose excess gas to the gut.
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