Underwater Imaging Tutorials and Blog by Brook Peterson
A Fish is a Fish is a Fish
I have been amused, while looking through images over the past year, at how many fish are called after another animal, or shape, or being! Some are called by these names because they resemble the thing they are named for, others because they have characteristics similar to those things. See if you can tell why each fish is named after something else:
Pipe Fish (Which are so diverse, I had to narrow it down to just these four)
Sea Horse (Which is also a Pipefish)
Frog Fish (Another very diverse species)
So, there you have it. I could keep going, but don’t wish to become a bore. There are sea lions, butterfly fish, catfish, dog fish, and hog fish, and probably many, many more. Most of these animals are named for the thing they resemble, but the scorpion fish, for example, is named because it’s sting resembles that of a scorpion, and the pipefish because of it’s pipe-shaped mouth.
I wonder why land animals aren’t named after fish?