Common Fish Names Beginning with P

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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 nutcracker."
  • 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 either injecting the fish with a bright fluorescent dye, dipping it into a dye solution, or feeding the fish dyed food. None of these processes are healthy for the fish, so it's best to avoid purchasing these altered 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 fin, 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 indeed 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-Lined 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
Pink-Tailed 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