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Houndfish

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Houndfish

(Science: zoology) Any small shark of the genus Galeus or Mustelus, of which there are several species, as the smooth houndfish (g. Canis), of Europe and America; called also houndshark, and dogfish.

The European nursehound, or small-spotted dogfish, is Scyllium canicula; the rough houndfish, or large-spotted dogfish, is s. Catulus. The name has also sometimes been applied to the bluefish (Pomatomus saltatrix), and to the silver gar.