Re: NANFA-- pikeminnow (was Mosquito fish)

Fri, 5 Jan 2001 12:07:40 -0600

Sorry but I agree with Jay on this one. They took a perfectly good name and
changed it solely to be "politically correct". By doing so they have now
associated this poor fish with the Pike which is not a big fan favorite in
most of the Ptychocheilus's home range. In fact as Jay pointed out there
are many efforts under way to remove the Pike (esox) from those same areas.
Given the new common name it's almost a given that people will think they
are both one and the same, just like they think Mosquito fish are great for
controlling Mosquito's. There was no reason to include the term Pike in the
common name, lot's of fish are Pike shaped, without being referred to as
Pike. To appease one group they have implicated another.


Jay DeLong groused:

>Common names are changed at times. For example, the name squawfish is
>officially dead and replaced by pikeminnow. To me this is a very
>name! And as someone else pointed out somewhere, why include the word
>"pike" at all with this fish considering the legal and public relations
>efforts to remove northern pike from western waters?

Pikeminnow is a perfectly fine name. It's a minnow. And it's pike shaped.

A little background for those unfamiliar with the fish's name change:


While some complain that this is political correctness run amok, the name
"pikeminnow" is actually superior to "squawfish" for the reasons I stated

Chris Scharpf

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