Every fish has a common name, and most have other, less common names. For instance, a Tarpon's less common names are "Silver King," "Sabalo," and "Grande Ecaille."
That's probably no surprise - but some of these less common names will surprise you!
Below you'll find the strange/funny less common name to the left and the most common name to the right. Click on a less common name to see my comments on how funny or strange it sounds!
You Probably Didn't Know These Names Existed...
A "fluke?" You mean the Summer Flounder made a mistake?
What does a "leatherjacket" have to do with a fish?
Sounds more like someone's nickname than a fish's name
HOW ON EARTH did a Gray snapper get this less common name?
I just sounds so - funny
I guess Lane Snappers have a sweet tooth
All fish have a tail. How did the Yellow Snapper end up with the name?
I admit that the Red Hind does look something like a strawberry, but still, why would you call a fish this?
Does this tell you anything about the Sheepshead?
A piggy? Another common name for the Orange Grunt is "Pigfish," but piggy?
It's called an "Old Wife," but what about all of the newly hatched male Queen triggerfish? Are they "Old Wives" too?
Look's like Green Wrasses have such a sweet tooth that apparently they get married to pudding - just look at the name - "Pudding-wife."
Whahoo! This is a fun fish!
Blackfin Tunas do not look like a football, so how did they get the name?
HOW did the Skipjack Tuna come to be called a "watermelon?"
Apparently Southern Stingrays have "stung" a lot of people - they're called "sting-a-rees."
I can't even begin to guess why this name was given to the Irish Pompano
Anybody who's had some kind of experience in Florida intercoastal saltwater fishing knows why this is funny. You can catch Hardhead Catfish without even trying. We've caught them using hotdogs, just as a joke. You can catch so many it's funny. Yet any tourist who has never been saltwater fishing before would think that a Hardhead Catfish is the best catch in the world.
"'Hoo's calling me a 'Hoo?" asked the Ballyhoo.
It must taste pretty bad
Apparently Redtail Scads are pretty fast!
What is that even supposed to mean?
What does that stand for?
The Florida Largemouth Bass's mouth must look like a bucket when it is open
This sounds more like the name of a peacock species than a fish species.
Does the head taste bitter?