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Category: Fish



Anchovies are small, oily fish that are found in scattered areas throughout the world’s oceans. They tend to be tolerant of a large range of temperatures and salinity. They are an important food source for almost every predatory fish, and many birds, in their environment. Anchovies have also been an important food source for humans in many cultures around the world throughout history – ancient Romans, for example, fermented anchovies into a sauce known "Garum."



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Scientific Classification
Kingdom - Animalia
Phylum - Chordata
Class - Actinopterygii
Order - Clupeiformes
Family - Engraulidae

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The fish that could drown (and other amazing tales)

Fish are masters of aquatic living, though some manage to do pretty well on land, too! Of living species, the mudskipper is probably the best adapted to life out of water - in fact, a mudskipper will drown if it can’t periodically come to the surface! This unusual fish uses its powerful, almost leg-like fins to walk on land and can even use them to “skip” up to 2 feet in the air! Similar to many amphibians, the mudskipper is able to breathe through its skin and the linings of its mouth and throat. It also seals water in its gill chambers when it leaves the water for extended stays on the land, much like a scuba diver brings air with them!-

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