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(English) Hidden, obscure, little seen; used to denote burrowing, hiding, tube-dwelling or other rarely seen and usually small species on a reef; applied to fishes that live amongst sheltering and concealing cover, or that have protective coloration. (See also: coral, reef, camouflage)
(French) Caché, obscurcissé, peu vu; utilisé pour dénoter des animaux qui fouissent la terre, se cachent, demeurent dans des tubes ou habituellement autres petites espèces vu rarement dans un récif; appliqué aux poissons qui vivent parmi de l'abri de refuge et dissimulant, ou qui ont de la coloration protectrice. (See also: coral, reef, camouflage)
(Portuguese) Escondido, obscuro, pouco visto. (See also: coral, reef, camouflage)

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