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GENUS NAMES
 
Acanth/us Acanth = spines; thorns.
Acanthodorus Acantho = thorn; doras = leathery skin.(spiney Doras)
Acestridium Greek, agkistron = hook; latinized
Acrochordonichthys Greek, akros = summit, topmost + Greek, chorda = nervous line + Greek, ichthys = fish
Agamyxis With (very) much slime.
Ageneiosus Beardless, pertaining to the very small maxillary barbels
Agmus Greek for agmos = fracture.
Aguarunichthys From Aguarun, a Peruvian tribe that lives in the limit with Ecuador+ Greek, ichthys = fish
Akysis A = without; kysis = bladder, in reference to the lack of a swimbladder.
Amaralia Because of Dr. Afranio de Amaral, name that was used by H.W. Fowler; personal communication of John Friell/Cornell University
Amblyceps Amblys = blunt; ceps = from caput head.
Amblydoras Amblys= blunt; doras = leathery skin, cuirass.
Ameiurus A reference to the tail.
Amphilius Ame = water bucket; philia = friendly love.
Anadoras Ana = back; doras =  cuirass
Anarhichas Anarrhichesis from the Greek, to climb, the action of climbing
Anaspidoglanis
From the Greek, an= meaning without, aspis= meaning shield, and glanis= meaning catfish; in reference to the absence of a well-developed shield between the cranium and the dorsal fin.
Ancistomus Ancis trus congeners, because of the typical Interopercularodontoden and the body's structural similarity to hypus tomas (signs catfish) which, however, have no Interopercularodontoden.
Ancistrus With barbed hooks, ( hooked spines)
Anodontiglanis Fish without teeth
Apistoloricaria Greek, apisto = uncertain + Latin, lorica, loricare = cuirass of corslet of leather
Arius
Derived from the Greek word Apelos (pronounced Araios) which means "sanctified by the god of war", and refers to the bony structure extending from the skull covering to the powerful thorn of the first dorsal fin ray.
Aspidoras Aspidos = shield; doras = cuirass
Aspredo Aspredo; aspredinis = Roughness.
Asterophysus Greek, aster = star + Greek, physa = tube, pipe, channel
Astroblepus Astron = star; blepos = look.
Astrodoras Star Doras
Atopochilus Greek atopos = absurde, strange + Greek, cheilos = lip
Auchenipterichthys From the Greek, auchenos, meaning neck; pteron, meaning fin; ichthys, meaning fish in reference to the long cranial shield, giving the appearance that the dorsal fin originates at the neck region.
Auchenipterus Auchen; auchenos = neck; pteron = wing, fin.
Auchenoglanis Auchen; auchenos = neck; glanis = catfish.
Austroglanis Austro = the south + Greek, glanis = a fish that can eat the bait without touching the hook; a cat fish.
Bagarius From the vernucular name; 'Vaghari'
Bagre From 'bagre', a South American name for a catfish
Bagrichthys
From 'bagre', a South American name for a catfish, but is only used for African and Asian species.
Bagroides With the appearance of Bagrus.
Bagrus From 'bagre', a South American name for a catfish,
but is only used for African and Asian species.
Baryancistrus Greek, barys = heavy/sturdy (Ancistrus)+ Greek, agkistron = hook
Batasio Malabar voice as the name of the fish
Bathybagrus Greek, bathys = deep + Greek, pagros = a fish
Bathyclarias Greek, bathys = deep + Latin, clarias, -a, -um = shining
Belonoglanis Composed from Belon, an ichthyiologist + Greek, glanis = a fish that can eat the bait without touching the hook; a catfish
Belodontichthys Belos = arrow; odon, odontos = tooth; ichthys = fish.
Brachy- Short.
Brachyplatystoma Greek, brachys, eia = short + Greek, platys = flat + Greek, stoma = mouth
Brachyrhamdia
Brachy = short; rhamdia = from the vernucular name 'Nhamdiá or 'Jamdiá.
Brachysynodontis Short Synodontis.
Brochiloricaria Greek, brogchia, -as = throat, trachea + Latin, lorica, loricare = cuirass of corslet of leather.
Brochis A sling, (a reference to the structure of the barbels).
Bullockia Named after D.S. Bullock
Bunocephalus
Buno = mound; cephalus = head.(with bumps on the head)
Callichthys Callum = hard skin; ichthys = fish.
Calophysus Greek, kalos, kallos = beautiful + Greek, physa = tube
Carlarius Named for Carl Ferraris for his contribution to the knowledge of Siluriformes fishes.
Cataphractus Kataphraktos = covered, mailed.
Centrodoras Greek, kentron = sting + Greek, dora = skin
Centromochlus Centrum = sting; mochlus = lever, from ancient Greek "lever arm", referring to the pectoral spines which can be a locked by a special mechanism.
Cephalosilurus Greek, kephale = head + Greek, silouros = a cat fish
Cetopsidium Cetopsidium, from Cetopsis, that was the first genus proposed in the Cetopsinae, and
“idium” meaning diminutive, is in reference to the relatively small body sizes of the members of the genus.
Cetopsis Cetus = whale; opsis = having the appearance of.
Cetopsorhamdia Cetopsorhamdia: Greek, ketos = a marine monster, whale + Brazilian vernacular name, Nhamdia/Jamdia
Chaca From the vernucucular name 'Chaca'
Chaetostoma From the Greek, chaite = hair + Greek, stoma = mouth
Channallabes Channe = a sea perch; al-to; labes = stain.
Cheirocerus Greek, cheir = hand + Greek, keras = horn
Chiloglanis Cheilos = lip; glanis = catfish.
Chrysichthys Chrysos = gold; ichthys = fish.
Clarias Clear or shining.
Clarotes From the Greek, klarotes, a term for slaves, people with bent necks; in reference to the morphology of the head
Clupisoma Clupisoma: Latin, clupea = sardine, derived from Clupeus = shield; doubtless a reference to the sacles covering the body of the fish + Greek, soma = body
Conorhynchos Latin, conicus = cone + Greek, rhungchos = snout
Coreobagrus Greek, kore, -es = pupil and also with the meaning of "maid" + mozarabic, bagre, taken from Greek, pagros = a fish
Corydoras
Cory = helmeted; doras = leathery skin,(helmeted Doras) cuirass.
Cranoglanis Greek, kranion = skull + Greek, glanis = the name of a kind of fish.
Cteniloricaria Greek, kteis, ktenos = comb + Latin, lorica, loricare = cuirass of corslet of leather
Dasyloricaria Greek, dasys = with hair + Latin, lorica, loricare = cuirass of corslet of leather.
Doras Skin.(leathery)
Dianema
Dia = through; nema = thread. The gender of this name is neuter, not feminine as usually thought.
Dinotopterus Di = two; notos = back; pteron = wing, fin.
Diplomystes Diploos = double; mystax = hair on the upper lip.
Doras Doras = cuirass.
Doumea From Doumé, a locality in Congo (Africa)
Duopalatinus Latin, duo = two + Greek, palatum, palate = roof of the mouth
Entomocorus Greek; entome, meaning notch, and kore, meaning pupil; in reference to the deep groove at the lower margin of the eye in which the maxillary barbels fit into.
Eremophilus Greek, eremos = alone + Greek, philein = to like
Erethistes Greek, erethizo = that irritates
Euchilichthys Greek, euchilos, os, -ou = well nourished
Euchiloglanis Greek, eu = good + Greek, cheilos = lip + Greek, glanis = a fish that can eat the bait without touching the hook; a cat fish
Eutropiellus Eutrophia = well-fed
Exallodontus In Greek, "exallias" meaning strange, marvellous, and "odous" for teeth
Exostoma Greek, exos = outside + Greek, stoma = mouth
Farlowella Named in honour of W.G.Farlow of Harvard University.
Gagata Velvety-black.
Galeichthys Greek, galeos = a shark + Greek, ichthys = fish
Glanidium Greek meaning glanis, which transfers to catfish, meaning small catfish.
Glyptoperichthys Greek, glyptes = carver + Greek,peri = around + Greek, ichthys = fish
Glyptosternon Glyptos = carved; sternon = breast.
Glyptothorax With a carved breast-plate.
Goeldiella In honour of Goeld, (diminutive form).
Gogangra Gogangra: Perhaps from Greek, goggros, -ou = conger; derived also from the word "goggrone, -es" = goitre + an inclusion of Latin, conger.
Goslinia After Dr. William A. Gosline, functional morphology of teleostean fishes; Ph. Dr. Stanford Univ., 1941 and professor of Zoology, 1954-1971. Member of different professional associations
Helicophagus Helicophagus: Greek, helike = spiral + Greek, phagein = to eat
Helogenes Helos = marsh; genus = born.
Hemi- Half.
Hemiancistrus Half Ancistrus.
Hemibagrus Hemi- half; bagrus- From 'bagre', a South American name for a catfish, but is only used for African and Asian species.
Hemiodontichthys Hemi = half; odon, odontos = tooth; ichthys = fish.
Hemidoras Greek, hemis = the half + Greek, dora = skin
Hemisilurus Hemi- half; From 'silouros', a kind of river fish. Silurus, sheetfish, catfish. According to Lacepéde (1803) this word indicates the rapidity with which Silurus can move its tail.
Hemisorubim Hemi = half; 'Suribim' =  a vernucular name.
Hemisynodontis Hemi = half; Syn = together; odon, odontos = tooth;
Henonemus Greek, enioi, -ai, -a = sometimes, some + Greek, nema = filament
Heptapterus Greek, epta = seven + Greek, pteron = wing, fin
Heterobranchus
from the Greek heteros meaning other; Greek, pneo = to breath (atmospheric air)
Heteropneustes Heteros = different; pneustikos = of breathing.
Hoplosternum With armed sternum, (breast).
Horabagrus Taken from Mr. S.L.Hora, director of Zoological Survey of India + Greek, pagros = a fish, Dentex sp.
Hyalobagrus Hyalo+bagrus=3D transparent bagrid
Hypancistrus Greek, hypo = under + Greek, agkistron = hook
Hypodoras Derived from the Ancient Greek ?p?- (‘hypo’) meaning “under”. The etymology of the name ‘doras’ is “skin” in Greek, with reference to the armour plates.
Hypophthalmus Hypo = underneath; ophthalmos = eye.
Hypoptopoma Hypo = underneath; opter = pertaining to site.
Hypostomus Hypo = underneath;stomus = mouth.(mouth underneath)
Ictalurus Ichthys = fish; ailouros = cat.
Iheringichthys Because of Hermann von Ihering, 1850-1930; He arrived in Brazil in 1880 and settled in Rio Grande as physician and naturalist. Expert in birds, fishes and mollusc's
Imparfinis Latin, impar = unequal + Greek, finis, pinna = wing, fin.
Ituglanis Greek, itys, ityos = circle + Greek, glanis = a fish that can eat the bait without touching the hook; a cat fish
Kryptopterus
Krypto = hidden; pterus = fin, (a reference to the almost invisible one-rayed dorsal fin).
Lasiancistrus Greek, lasios, -a, -on = hairy + Greek, agkistron = hook
Leiarius Smooth.
Leiocassis Smooth head.
Leporacanthicus From the Latin; "lepus", "leporis" meaning rabbit and from the Greek, "akantha" meaning thorn.
Lepthoplosternum
A thin sternum, (breast)
Leptodoras Greek, leptos = thin + Greek, doras = skin
Leptoglanis Greek, leptos = thin + Greek, glanis = a fish that can eat the bait without touching the hook; a cat fish
Leyvaichthys In honour of Mr. Leyva.
Liobagrus Greek, leio = smooth + Mozarabic bagre, Greek, pagros = a kind of fish.
Liosomadoras From the Greek leios, meaning smooth; soma; meaning body and Doras (a genus of doradid catfishes); in reference to the lack of bony plates on the body (when the genus was described as a doradid).
Lithodoras Greek, lithos = stone + Greek, dora = skin
Lithoxus Greek, lithos = stone + Greek, oxys = sharp
Lophiobagrus
Lophia, lophos = mane, crest; bagrus = 'Bagre' meaning catfish.
Lophiosilurus Greek, lophos = crest + Greek, silouros = cat fish
Loricaria Coat of mail, a corselet (bearer of armour), harness.
Loricariichthys Loricara = harness; ichthys = fish.
Luciopimelodus ucius =pike + greek, pimele = fat + greek, odous = teeth
Malapterurus Mala = soft; pter = fin; urus = tail.
Mastiglanis Greek, mastax, -agos = bite + Greek, glanis = a fish that can eat the bait without touching the hook; a cat fish
Megalancistrus Large Lancistrus
Megalechis Greek, megas, megalos = great + greek, echis, -eos = viper
Megalodorus With a large helmet (cuirass)
Megalonema Greek, megas, megalos = great + Greek, nema = filament
Merodontotus Greek, meros, -eos, -oys = thigh + Greek, odous = teeth
Metaloricaria Greek, meta = with, after + Latin, lorica, loricare = cuirass of corslet of leather
Microglanis Micro = small; glanis = catfish.
Microlepidogaster Small plates on the belly.
Micronema From the Greek mikros, meaning small, and nema, meaning thread. In reference to the relatively small barbels
Microsynodontis Micro = small; Syn = together; odontis =  teeth.(fused tooth plates).
Mochokiella From the Latin -ella; in reference to the small size of the fish (literally: "a small Mochokus").
Myoglanis Greek, myos = muscle, and also, mouse + Greek, glanis = a fish that can eat the bait without touching the hook; a cat fish
Mystus
"Mystax" meaning whiskered (hair on the upper lip) Mystus was first used by Belon in 1553 to describe all fish with whiskers.
Nanobagrus Latin, nannus = small + Mozarabic bagre, Greek pagros = a fish, Dentex sp.
Nemadorus Greek, nema, -atos = filament + Greek, dora = skin
Nematogenys Greek, nema, -atos = filament + Greek, genys, -yos = face, jaw
Nemuroglanis From the Nemuro peninsula in Japan, Hokkaido + Greek, glanis = a fish that can eat the bait without touching the hook; a cat fish
Neoarius Neo means "new" in latin and Arius is Derived from the Greek word Apelos (pronounced Araios) which means "sanctified by the god of war", and refers to the bony structure extending from the skull covering to the powerful thorn of the first dorsal fin ray.
Neosiluroides Greek, neos = new + Greek, silouros = cat fish
Neosilurus Neo means "new" in latin and "silurus" From 'silouros', a kind of river fish. Silurus, sheetfish, catfish. According to Lacepéde (1803) this word indicates the rapidity with which Silurus can move its tail.
Neotropius Neo means "new" in latin, tropis from the Latin , meaning keel, in reference to the compressed body of the fish.
Noturus
Meaning "Back Tail" referring to the fusion of the adipose and caudal fins.
Ochmacanthus Greek, ochme, -es = grip of a shield + Greek, akantha = thorn
Oloplotosus Greek, holos = full + Greek, plotos = swimming
Olyra A kind of grain.
Ompok
It has been suggested that the name is a bad reproduction of the Malay name 'limpok'. Or from the vernucular name, 'Ompok'
Opsodoras Ops = ear; doras = cuirass ( helmeted)
Oreoglanis Greek, oreos = mountain+Greek, glanis = Latin, aurum = gold + Greek, glanis = a fish that can eat the bait without touching the hook; a cat fish
Orinocodoras From the Orinoco River; doras = cuirass ( helmeted)
Ossancora Meaning "bony anchor" which refers to their distinctive pectoral-fin spine and shoulder girdle.
Otocinclus
Oto = ear; cinclus = a latticework, (an allusion to the holes in the head in the region of the ear).
Otothyropsis The first part of the name is from Greek (otos = ear and thyris = window) and is in reference to the Hypoptopomatinae genus Otothyris, to which the new taxon is closely related. The second part is from the Greek (opsis = relating to sight and appearance); hence, resembling a hypoptopomatine fish.
Oxydoras Oxys = sharp; doras = cuirass ( helmeted)
Panaque
Venezuelan common name for plecostomus. Panaque nigrolineatus was the first described and it is from central Venezuela
Panaqolus The name "olus" meaning small, as in small Panaque.
Pangasianodon Pangasius + an (Greek for without)+odon (Greek for tooth); in reference to the toothless state of the adult fish
Pangasius Derived from the vernucular name.
Paraloricaria Para = beside; loricara = harness
Parapimelodus Greek, para = in the side of + Greek, pimele =fat + Greek, odous = teeth
Parauchenoglanis Beside (similar to) Auchenoglanis.
Pareiodon Greek, pareia = jaw + Greek, odous.
Pardiglanis Greek, pardias, -ou = a fish similar to grey mullet + Greek, glanis = a fish that can eat the bait without touching the hook; a cat fish
Pareiorhaphis Greek, pareia = jaw + Greek, rhaphis = needle
Pareuchiloglanis Greek, para = near + Greek, cheilo = lip + Greek, glanis = a fish that can eat the bait without touching the hook; a cat fish
Pareutropius Para = beside; eutropia = well-fed.
Parotocinclus Greek, para in the side of + greek, ous, otis = ear + Greek, kygklos, ou = a fish
Parakysis Greek, para = the side of + Greek, kysthos = bladder
Parastegophilus Greek, para in the side of + Greek, stego, to cover + Greek, phileo = to like
Paulicea From the state of  Sào Paulo.
Peckoltia
Named for Snr. Gustavo Peckolt of the Natural History Commission of Rondon.
Perrunichthys
After the vernucular name 'Bagre perruno', ichthys = fish.
Phracto- Protected.
Phractocephalus Protected head.
Phractura Protected tail.
Phreatobius Greek, phreas, -atos = well, (from a) spring + Greek, bios = alive
Phyllonemus Greek, phyhllon = leaf + Greek, nema = filament
Physopyxis Physa = bellows; pyxix = box.
Pimelodella Pimel = fat; odella = a little tooth, (a little Pimelodus)
Pimelodina Greek, pimelel = fat + Greek, dinos, deinos = terrible
Pimelodus Pimel = fat; odus = tooth.
Pinirampus Latin, pinna = fin + perhaps Old German, rampf = hook
Planiloricaria Flat Loricaria.
Platydoras Platys = broad; doras = cuirass.
Platynematichthys Greek, platys = flat + Greek, nema = filament + Greek, ichthys = fish
Platysilurus Greek, platys = flat and from 'silouros', a kind of river fish. Silurus, sheetfish, catfish.
Platystacus Platys = broad; acus = needle.
Platystomatichthys Greek, platys = flat + Greek, stoma = mouth + Greek, ichthys = fish
Platytropius Greek, platys = flat + Greek, tropis = keel, in reference to the compressed body of the fish
Pylodictis Means "mud fish" in Greek.
Plotosus Plotos = swimming.
Pogonopoma Greek, pogon = beard + Greek, poma, -atos = cover, operculum
Porochilus Holed lip (refers to position of nostrils)
Prietella Named after Carlos Prieto.
Proloricaria Greek, pro = in front of + Latin, lorica, loricare = cuirass of corslet of leather.
Pseudo- False
Pseudacanthicus With false thorns.
Pseudancistrus Greek, pseudes = false + Greek, agkistron = hook
Pseudauchenipterus Greek, pseudes = false + Greek, auchen = neck + Greek, pteron = wing, fin
Pseudecheneis Greek, pseudes = false + Greek, echein = to hold + Greek, nays = ship; remora, suckling fish
Pseudeutropius Greek, pseudes = false + Greek, eu = well + keel, in reference to the compressed body of the fish
Pseudexostoma Greek, pseudes = false + Greek, exo = outside + Greek, stoma = mouth
Pseudobagrus False Bagrus.
Pseudodoras Pseudos = fallacy; doras = cuirass.
Pseudohemiodon Pseudos = fallacy; hemi = half; odon, odontos = tooth.
Pseudolithoxus Greek, pseudes = false + Greek, lithos = stone + Greek, oxys = sharp
Pseudoloricaria Pseudos = fallacy; loricara = harness,
Pseudomystus Greek, pseudes = false + Greek, mystax = whiskered, used by Belon in 1553 to describe all fishes with whiskers.
Pseudopimelodus Pseudos = fallacy; pimelodus = fatty.
Pseudoplatystoma Pseudos = fallacy; platys = broad; stoma = mouth.
Pseudostegophilus Greek, pseudes = false + Greek, stego = covered + Greek, philo, philein = to like
Ptero- Wing.
Pterobunocephalus From the Greek pteron, meaning fin; buno = mound; cephalus = head.(with bumps on the head)
Pterocryptis Greek, pteron = wing, fin + Greek, kryptos = hidden
Pterodoras Winged Doras.
Pterygoplichthys Pterygos = wing, fin; pleion = more; ichthys = fish.
Pylodictis Greek, pylos = mud + Greek, ichthys = fish
Rama Named after the legendary Indian king regarded as an incarnation of Vishnu
Rhamdia Brazilian vernacular name, Nhamdia/Jamdia
Rhamdiopsis Brazilian vernacular name, Nhamdia/Jamdia; krugi: Named for Luiz Krug, professional tourist guide based in the city of Lençóis, in the Chapada Diamantina area, who called our attention of the existence of this new catfish and helped to collect its type series, and for his efforts dedicated to its conservation.
Rhinelepis Greek, rhinos = nose + Greek, lepis = scale
Rhinodoras Greek, rhinos = nose + Greek, dora = skin
Rhyacoglanis From the Greek rhyax = torrent + glanis = catfish; indicating a catfish inhabiting running waters in reference to the habitat of the genus. Gender masculine.
Rhynchodoras Greek, rhingchos = snout + Greek, doras = skin
Rineloricaria Rhine = file; loricara = harness.
Rita A vernacular name from Bangladesh
Satan The prince of darkness. Hube liked to name cave fishes with diabolic names based on the idea of hell being underground
Schilbe
schérifié (noble). It probably announces the superiority of this species for its taste".
Scleromystax From the Greek "sclero" meaning hard and the Latin "mystax" meaning moustache.
Scleronema Greek, skleros = hard + Greek,nema = filament
Scobinancistrus Latin, scobis = sawdust + Greek, agkistron = hook
Scoloplax A thorned plate.
Scorpiodoras Latin, scorpaena = a kind of fish, 1706 + Greek, dora = skin
Silurichthys A fish like Silurus.
Silurus
From 'silouros', a kind of river fish. Silurus, sheetfish, catfish. According to Lacepéde (1803) this word indicates the rapidity with which Silurus can move its tail.
Sisor Local name for the fish in Bengal and Bihar
Sorubim
Comes from the native name "Sorobim" which is applied to many large Pimelodids.
Sorubimichthys A fish like Sorubim.
Spatuloricaria Latin, spatula, spathe = spatula, spatule + Latin, lorica, loricare = cuirass of corslet of leather.
Spectracanthicus Latin name meaning spectrum = look, apparition + Greek, akantha meaning thorn.
Sperata Named after Mr. M. A. Sperat.
Squaliforma Squalis (shark) and 'form' is a reference to the shark like form of the fish.
Steindachneridion Named for Franz Steindachner, 1876; naturalist, ichthyologist that studied the fauna of Galápagos Islands.
Sturisoma With a body like a sturgeon.
Synodontis From the Greek syn, meaning together, and odontos, meaning tooth; in reference to the closely-spaced lower jaw teeth.
Tandanus A local name, tandan, in Australia
Tatia In honour of Mr. C. Tate Regan.
Tenellus From the Latin tener, meaning delicate, in reference to the delicate appearance of those dorads.
Tetranematichthys meaning "fish with four threats"; this refers to the barbels.
Tocantinsia Taken from Brazilian river. the Tocantins.
Trachelyichthys Greek, trachelos = neck + Greek, ichthys = fish.
Trachelyopterichthys From the Greek, trachelos, meaning neck, pteron, meaning fin and ichthys, meaning fish; in reference to the long cranial shield, giving the appearance that the dorsal fin starts in the region of the neck area.
Trachelyopterus Greek, trachelos = neck + greek, pteron = wing, fin
Trachycorystes Greek, trachys, -eia, -ys = rough + Greek, chorystes, -ou = a soldier with helmet
Trachydoras Greek, trachys, -eia, -ys = rough + Greek, doras
Trachyglanis Trachys = rough; glanis = catfish.
Trichomycterus Trichos = hair; mykteros = nose.
Tridensimilis Greek, tres tria = three + Latin, dens = teeth + Latin, simil = similar, equal
Trogloglanis Greek, trogle = hole + Greek, glanis a fish that can eat the bait without touching the hook; a cat fish
Tympanopleura Tympanon = drum; pleura = side.
Uegitglanis Uegit = a pool in Uegit, Somalia + Greek, glanis = a fish that can eat the bait without touching the hook; a cat fish. This fish was found in a pool associated with a spring
Wallago
Bleeker, in 1851 took the Indian fish name 'Wallagoo', gave it generic rank, and used it in connection with a new species.
Xenoclarias Strange Clarias.
Xiurenbagrus Named for Mister Ning Xiuren, Hangzhou, Institute of Oceanography; oceanographer and phytoplankton specialist.
Xyliphius Derived from the Greek word, xylephion = a little piece of wood (referring to the woodlike appearance of the type species of the genus)
Zaireichthys A fish from Zaire
zungaro Comes from the native name "Zungaro" which is applied to many large pimelodids.
 
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