Have you ever wondered
what that catfish name really means?. Wonder no more as
here is the definitive list of catfish from A to Z. They
are split up into Genus (first name: a group of closely
related species) and Species (second name: a group
of organisms generally resembling each other and capable
of reproduction). If you would like to subscribe to a name
that is not in the etymology pages, please e-mail
You can move about the Species pages by clicking
on any letter on the menu to left. To find out the meaning
of the Genus names, this is seperate on the menu.
Etymology: The science that treats of the
origin and history of words and modification of a particular
Most of the words in these pages have been taken from four
publications with the kind permission of their authors.
Scientific Names and their Meanings, Book no.10.
by the Federation Of British Aquatic Societies 1977.This
can be purchased price £1.87, cheque made payable to "FBAS"
28 The Mall,
Isle of Wight,
Corydoras Catfish, An Aquarists Handbook by Derek
Catfish Association of Great Britain, Magazine 42.
"Magical Mystery Meaning or The Etymology
of Scientific Names Of Catfish." By Drs.Issac
J. H. Isbrücker & Han Nijssen.
Catfishes by Ian A.M.Fuller. Catalogue of Genera
and species of Corydoradinae Hoedeman, 1952 (Teleostei,
Ostariophysi, Callichthyidae), including type localities,
type specimens, and etymology by Dr Isaäc J.H. Isbrücker.
Also thanks to Niall Canavan.