blue fish, noun phrase

Any of several species of marine fish, so called for a blueish element in their colouring. 1. The pampelmoesie, Stromateus fiatola. 2. Either of two species of sea chub of the Kyphosidae: a. Kyphosus bigibbus; see also bastard Jacob Evertson sense (b) (Jacob Evertson sense 3); b. K. cinerascens. 3. Either of two species of seabream of the Sparidae, Pachymetopon spp.: a. the bronze bream (sense b), P. grande; b. the Hottentot (noun sense 2 a), P. aeneum.
1905 H.E.B. Brooking in E. London Dispatch 7 Aug. 2The blue fish is partly herbivorous, partly carnivorous in its feeding, and, so far as I know, is only caught with ascidion (rock-bait) upon our part of the coast.
1949 J.L.B. Smith Sea Fishes of Sn Afr. 276Pachymetopon grande...Blue Hottentot (Cape). Hottentot (Knysna). Das. John Brown. Jan Bruin (South Coast). Fatfish. Vetvis. Butterfish (Eastern Cape). Bluefish. Butter Bream (East London — Transkei). Bronze Bream. Copper Bream. Damkokker (Transkei — Natal).
1949 J.L.B. Smith Sea Fishes of Sn Afr. 303Stromateus fiatola...Butterfish. Cape Lady. Pampelmoes. Bluefish.
1971 Evening Post 5 Jan. 22Anglers had a good run of bluefish at Bonza Bay.
1986 Daily Dispatch 21 May 4Anglers are reminded that one is only permitted to catch five of the protected species — for example two bluefish and three shad per day.
The pampelmoesie, Stromateus fiatola.
Kyphosus bigibbus;
K. cinerascens.
the bronze bream (b), P. grande;
the Hottentot (noun2 a), P. aeneum.

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