Re: NANFA-- PR-friendly, unfriendly common names

Christopher Scharpf (
Sun, 11 Mar 2001 22:38:24 -0400


"Jordan jumprock" is a classic.

>Walking Death Catfish

good one!

>Blood Sucking Lampreys

Whoa there! Lampreys are cool. And besides, not all lampreys are parasitic.
Yeah, I know that the sea lamprey is a problem in the Great Lakes, but
unfortunately all lampreys are taking the rap because of it. How about
"bloodsucking alien eel"?

>Damnbusia (sometimes you just can't beat the classics)

Earlier today I was reading the latest issue of Communique (the publication of
the American Assoc. of Zoos and Aquariums). There was an article about fishes at
the Phoenix Zoo and so' nuff, the term "damnbusia" was used! Several times! And
it didn't even have quote marks around it!

Chris Scharpf

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