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Name: Ruby W
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Date: 2002028


Question:
Why are some fish flat? Does water weight affect the shape of a fish?


Replies:
In the Class Osteichthyes (bony fish), Order Pleurobectiformes, there are three families that include the flounders and soles of which most people are familiar. These fish have evolved to be flattened with their eyes on one side of their bodies, This enables them to lay flat on the bottom of their habitat for concealment. This body form has nothing to do with the water pressure for these fish act just like any other bony fish in most ways.

Steve Sample


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