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September 14, 2007

What’s in a Name? (Part IV of IV)

BY: ben

At long last, the final installment, the moment you’ve all been waiting for, the conclusion of the top 20 fish with bad names that we should consider renaming. …

    1. Windowpane (Scophthalmus aquosus) – Bob Villa must have named this one.
    2. Gag (Mycteroperca microlepis) – I don’t know maybe the word can be reclaimed to have a positive association with this grouper, but it’ll be tough to overcome the “yuck” reaction from most if the name stays.
    3. Mullet (Lutjanus aratus) – Perhaps once this was an acceptable moniker, but now it conjures up too many images of bad hair.
    4. Darwin’s slimehead (Gephyroberyx darwinii) – Is this more offensive to Chuck or the fish?
    5. Weakfish (Cynoscion regalis) – So puny, so girly – they need to start pumping iron.

If you liked the list of fish, keep coming by from time to time. I’ve got some other lists waiting in the wings. …

Until next time.