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Name these fish (please)?
February 8, 2014 3:51 PM   Subscribe

For a science report, my son intends to write about the fish in his (freshwater) acquarium. Only, he doesn't remember their scientific names. Help him out? I'll list them by the nicknames he uses (translated from the Italian): Hatchet, Bee, Rope, Glass, Cleaner (underbelly), Leopard, Needle, Black Cat. Thanks!
posted by progosk to Science & Nature (13 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
 
Cleaner is a Plecostomus.
Glass is a Glass Catfish.
Hatchet looks like a Marbled Hatchet Fish.
Leopard looks to be a Danio.

Not sure on the others. Some nice looking fish there!
posted by jquinby at 3:55 PM on February 8


More on Leopard, which I think is a Danio rerio
posted by jquinby at 3:56 PM on February 8 [1 favorite]


I think Bee is a Freshwater Bumblee Goby.
posted by jquinby at 4:00 PM on February 8


Here's Rope!

SOMEBODY STOP ME
posted by jquinby at 4:00 PM on February 8 [1 favorite]


I believe needle is a freshwater gar, or a Xenentodon .
posted by BlueHorse at 4:06 PM on February 8


I believe needle is a freshwater gar

It's different from those in that the protrusion is actually just its underjaw, while the upper "lip" of its mouth is actually quite a bit shorter (it's actually open in the photo).
posted by progosk at 4:13 PM on February 8


But you've helped me to find that Needle is a half-beak, Dermogenys (possibly pusilla).
posted by progosk at 4:20 PM on February 8 [1 favorite]


Black Cat looks like Megalechis thoracata or maybe Callichthys callichthys.

Leopard looks like Yunnanilus brevis.
posted by i feel possessed at 4:50 PM on February 8


Black Cat could be also be a Hoplo, but certainly looks like an armored cat of some kind.
posted by jquinby at 4:52 PM on February 8


Leopard is not a danio, those have forward-facing mouths, not downward.

My guess for Rope is a Celebes Halfbeak, although he seems to be a bit on the skinny side.
posted by Reversible Diamond-Encrusted Ermine Codpiece at 11:12 PM on February 8


Nevermind, I see you've established he's a halfbeak. Derp!
posted by Reversible Diamond-Encrusted Ermine Codpiece at 11:13 PM on February 8


Leopard would appear to be Acanthocobitis Botia (Leopard Loach/ Zipper Loach.)
posted by halfbuckaroo at 7:40 PM on February 9


Thanks all (from my son too: full marks on the report!)
posted by progosk at 5:17 AM on February 13 [1 favorite]


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