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A fictitious surname used for an unknown or anonymous person or for a hypothetical person in an illustration.

A lawsuit is generally named for the persons who are parties to it. When the name of a party is unknown, the court clerk may direct that the person be called a fictitious name in the papers of the lawsuit. This also may be done to hide the identity of a person who would needlessly suffer if his name were known—for example, the name of a parent who is giving up a child for Adoption or the name of a juvenile charged with a crime.

Frequently used fictitious party names include Richard Roe, Mary Roe, and john doe.

West's Encyclopedia of American Law, edition 2. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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* Copper sulfate safely prevents fungus on fish eggs.
Fish eggs have occasionally been reported as an important perch dietary item (Zick et al.
Historically, the identification of fish eggs has been limited; illustrative guides often reference a small subsample of eggs from known parents or a small quantity of eggs collected during surveys and reared through the larval and juvenile stages (Colton and Marak (1); Ahlstrom and Moser, 1980; Berrien and Sibunka (2)).
But it will take more than a tub of endangered fish eggs to really get the resort off the ground.
Fin fish eggs were sorted out from this sample and their abundance was expressed as number of eggs/100 [m.sup.3].
To a sea turtle, a floating plastic bag looks like a jellyfish and plastic pellets look like fish eggs to seabirds.
When the fish eggs hatched, the two found the branchial arches - bits of cartilage that support the gills and correspond to parts of the jaw in humans - appeared altered.
Environmental and health groups in Prince Edward Island, where the GE fish eggs would be produced, have been organizing against AquaBounty's plans.
Fertilized fish eggs can then drift with sea currents, thus replenishing populations inside and outside the reserves.
Caviar, or fish eggs, contains the same healthful omega-3 fatty acids as salmon..
Industry executives, environmentalists and analysts agree that the unregulated importation of fish eggs from Norway, some of which were infected with the ISA virus, triggered the crisis in Chile's fish industry.