Common Fish Names Beginning With P

Panda Cory
Panda Cory. Giniro

Fish Names That Start With P

  • Pacific Fat Sleeper Goby - Dormitator latifrons: These fish live in freshwater marshes, muddy ponds and channels as well as mangrove areas. The young live in the sea but most adults reside in freshwater.
  • Pacu - Myleus rubripinnis rubripinnis: This fish eerily has a set of chompers that are very similar to human teeth! It has been caught in Lake Michigan and has a reputation for taking a bite out of men between the legs -- earning its nickname, "the nut cracker."
  • Painted Glass Fish - Chanda sp.: These aquarium fish have been colored artificially to appeal to consumers.  Also known as juicing, the coloring is achieved by injecting the fish with bright fluorescent dye, dipping it into a dye solution or feeding the fish dyed food. None of these processes are healthy and it's best to avoid purchases these fish and endorsing these practices.
  • Painted Talking Catfish - Acanthodoras cataphractus: These fish can make "talking sounds" in two ways. The first way is by partially locking their pectoral fins in their sockets; when the fish moves the fins, the fin spines grate against the socket and produce sound. The second method uses a mechanism called the "elastic spring." The fish can quickly contract and relax a muscle that is attached to the rear of its skull and the anterior of the swimbladder. The air in the swimbladder resonates to produce sound.
  • Pakistani Loach - Botia lohachata: This loach sports four pairs of barbels protruding from the mouth and a silvery gold color with black irregular striping. It's sometimes called a scaleless fish, but it does, in fact, have small scales embedded in its skin.

    More Fish Names Beginning With the Letter P

    Palembang Pufferfish - Tetraodon biocellatus
    Panda Corydoras - Corydoras panda
    Panda Dwarf Cichlid - Apistogramma nijsseni
    Papuan Rainbowfish - Melanotaenia papuae
    Paradise Fish - Macropodus opercularis
    Paradise Threadfin - Polynemus paradiseus
    Paraense Catfish - Brachyplatystoma paraense
    Paraguay Mouthbrooder - Gymnogeophagus balzanii
    Parallel Striped Mbuna - Melanochromis parallelus
    Parkinson's Rainbowfish - Melanotaenia parkinsoni
    Parnahybae Catfish - Brachyplatystoma parnahybae
    Paroon Shark - Pangasius sanitswongi
    Parrot Cichlid - Hoplarchus psittacus
    Parrot Pacu - Ossubtus xinguensis
    Pasionis Cichlid - Cichlasoma pasionis
    Pastel Cichlid - Amphilophus alfari
    Payne's Synodontis - Mochokiella paynei
    Peaceful Betta - Betta imbellis
    Peacock Cichlid - Cichla ocellaris
    Peacock Eel - Macrognathus aculeatus
    Peacock Goby - Tateurndina ocellicauda
    Pearl Cichlid - Geophagus brasiliensis
    Pearl Danio - Danio albolineatus
    Pearl Gourami - Trichogaster leeri
    Pearl Roach - Rutilus erythrophthamus
    Pearl-Linned Lamprologus - Neolamprologus tetracanthus
    Pearly Lamprologus - Altolamprologus calvus
    Penang Mouthbrooding Fighter - Betta pugnax
    Penguin Tetra - Thayeria boehlkei
    Pepper Tetra - Axelrodia stigmatias
    Peppered Corydoras - Corydoras paleatus
    Perruno Catfish - Perrunichthys perruno
    Peruvian Tetra - Hyphessobrycon peruvianus
    Peter's Elephantnose - Gnathonemus petersii
    Pictus Catfish - Pimelodus pictus
    Pig-Face Pufferfish - Tetraodon suvatti
    Pike Cichlid - Crenicichla lepidota
    Pike Piranha - Serrasalmus elongatus
    Piketop Minnow - Belonesox belizanus
    Pinche Piranha - Serrasalmus eigenmanni
    Pingi Logsucker - Garra pingi pingi
    Pinktailed Chaleus - Chalceus macrolepidotus
    Piraiba Catfish - Brachyplatystoma filamentosum
    Piraya Piranha - Serrasalmus piraya
    Pittier's Tetra - Moenkhausia pitteri
    Plain Goby Cichlid - Spathodus marlieri
    Plain Nattereri - Copella nattereri
    Platinum Tetra - Hemigrammus vorderwinkleri
    Platy - Xiphophorus maculatus
    Pleco - Hypostomus plecostomus
    Plumed Lyretail - Aphyosemion filamentosum
    Pollen's Cichlid - Paratilapia polleni "Madagascar"
    Polli Marbled Bichir - Polypterus palmas polli
    Poll's Upside-Down Catfish - Synodontis polli
    Port Acara - Aequidens portalegrensis
    Port Hoplo - Hoplosternum thoracatum
    Porthole Catfish - Dianema longibarbis
    Powder Blue Gourami - Colisa lalia
    Praecox Rainbowfish - Melanotaenia praecox
    Pretty Pleco - Peckoltia pulcher
    Pretty Tetra - Hemigrammus pulcher
    Pumpkinseed - Lepomis gibbosus
    Purple Cichlid - Pelvicachromis pulcher
    Purple Headed Barb - Barbus nigrofasciatus
    Purple Mbuna - Melanochromis vermivorus
    Purple-Spotted Gudgeon - Mogurnda adspersa
    Purple-Striped Gudgeon - Mogurnda mogurnda
    Pygmy Rasbora - Boraras maculatus

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