acuminate

What is acuminate?

acuminate meaning a shape which gradually tapers to a point

Image of acuminate fish
The fierasfer, Carapus bermudensis, possess an acuminate shape. The tapered end allows the fish to retreat tail first, for protection, into the digestive canal of a sea cucumber when threatened. (Photo: D. Flescher, NOAA/National Marine Fisheries Service)

 

reference: Coral Reef Information System – Glossary

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