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macracanthus
Large spined.
maculatus Spotted.
maculosus
Spotted; speckled.
macrodon Large teeth.
macrops Large appearance.
macropterus Large wing, (referring to the fins.)

macrostigma

Large spots.
macrostoma
From the Greek makros, meaning long and stoma, meaning mouth; in reference to the size of the mouth.
maculicauda Spotted tail :
maculifer Carrying spots.
maculippinis Spotted fins.
madeirensis From a geographical locality.
magdalenae/atum From the Magdalena River, South America.
major Larger; senior to another.
malabaricus From the Malabar coast, India.
malayensis From Malaya.
mamore From the Rio Mamore for this Corydoras species
mandibularis From the Latin "mandibula" (lower jaw), probably refering to the rather well developed mandibular barbels.
marapoama The specific epithet marapoama is in reference to the county of the city in which the new species was collected. It is treated as a noun in apposition.
marcapatae Named for the type locality of this Ancistrus; Marcapata Valley, E. Peru.
marginatum Provided with a margin (edge.)
margaritatus The specific epithet is Latin for “adorned with pearls,” referring to the dense white spots on the body.
mariae After a personal name.
marmoratus Marbled; mottled.
marthae (1)
In honour of Martha Ruth Myers, wife of Dr.G.S. Myers.
marthae (2) In honour of Martha Elizabeth Sands.
meesi In honour of Dr.G. Mees of the Leiden Natural History Museum, Germany.
megalopteryx From the Greek megale, meaning large, and pteryx, meaning wing or fin, alluding to its large pectoral fin.
melanistius
From the Greek melan = 'black' and histion = 'sail', alluding to the dorsal fin.
melanistius brevirostris
From the Latin brevis = 'short', alluding to the shorter snout of this subspecies.
melanogaster Black belly.
melanotaenia From the Greek melan = 'black' and the Latin taenia = ribbon, fillet , tapeworm. 
melas Black.
melini Named in honour of Dr. Douglas Melin.
membranaceus
Refers to the presence of a membrane on the barbels of this Hemisynodontis.
menezesi
This Aspidoras sp. was named in honour of its collector, R.S. de Menezes.
mephisto The epithet “mephisto” refers to the shortened name of Mephistopheles, demon from the German folklore. Mephistopheles comes from the Greek by the combination of three words: (me), a negation, (phos), meaning light, and (philis), meaning loving, literally “not-light-loving”, or the one who does not love the light, making allusion to the subterranean behavior of the new species. A noun in apposition.
metae From the River (Rio) Meta, South America.(Colombia.)
metaense The specific name refers to the type locality, Meta River, a tributary of the Orinoco River in Colombia and Venezuela.
micracanthus From the Greek; mikros = small; akantha = thorn, prickle.
microcphalus From the Greek, mikros = small; galaeus = helmet.
microgalaeus Small head.
microlepidogaster Small scales on the belly.
micromaculatus From the Greek, mikros = small; maculatus; spotted.
microps Small appearance.
midgleyi Named after Midgley
microstomus Small mouth.
minutes Minute, known for its small size.
miurus miurus meaning curtailed, probably referring to the short appearance of this fish (Noturus)
mojicai The epithet specific mojicai, is a tribute to the Doctor José Iván Mojica, Director of the Museum of Ichthyology of the Institute of natural sciences of the National University of Colombia - Bogotá, for his contributions to the knowledge of the Colombian Ichthyology.
morrowi For William Morrow, who collected this fish.
multimaculatus
From the Latin multi = 'many', and maculatus = 'spotted', alluding to the many spots on the specimen.
multifasciatus Many banded.
multipunctatus Many Spotted
multiradiatus Many (fin) rays.
muricata From the Latin adjective muricata, meaning spiny (like a murex), in reference to its elongate dorsal and pectoral-fin spines.
murinus murinus; meaning mouse gray and refers to its colour.
mystus
"Mystax" meaning whiskered. Mystus was first used by Belon in 1553 to describe all fish with whiskers.
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