TGIF – A cavalcade of Christmas critters

Here’s some seasonal fishes, pulled from that most excellent of resources for all things fishy: Fishbase

There isn’t a Santa Claus fish that I could find, but there is Raia Santa, Atlantoraja cyclophora

If there were a Santa fish I’m pretty sure that his sleigh would be pulled by Reindeer Wrasse, Novaculichthys taeniourus:

Santa has elves of course.  The Elf, as it’s called in South Africa, is familiar to Americans as bluefish and Australians as tailor, Pomatomus saltatrix:

There’s another Elf, which is a type of German herring, Alosa agone:

Christmas dinner could definitely be Turkey fish, Dendorchirus zebra:

And we could all decorate the Treefish, Sebastes serriceps:

While we enjoy the Snowflake moray, Echidna nebulosa:

Thats the great thing about a class of 28,000 species, there’s one for every occasion!  Merry Christmas folks, Happy Hanukkah, or if you’re an atheist like me, happy “just spending quality time with your family” Cheers!

Alistair Dove (149 Posts)

Dr. Alistair Dove is a systematic and ecological parasitologist by training, with broader research interests in the natural history and health of marine animals, especially whale sharks. He is currently Director of Research and Conservation at Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta USA. His comments here do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Georgia Aquarium

6 Replies to “TGIF – A cavalcade of Christmas critters”

  1. That’s funny, I was trying to think of Christmas critters too! But based on their shape and color, not necessarily their name. I came up with the red sea urchin as an animal with great holiday flair.

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