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from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A genus of fishes, constituting the family Chiasmodontid√¶, noted for voracity and for the enormous distensibility of their stomach and integuments, which permits them to swallow fishes larger than themselves. C. niger, the black swallower, is the only known species.


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  • This fish, the chiasmodon niger, is also being called the great swallower -- it can ingest prey that's actually bigger than it and store it in its huge stomach.



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