Re: NANFA-- bowfin names

R. W. Wolff (
Thu, 8 Nov 2001 12:12:11 -0600

> > I also read this is from the round tail, like a round beaver tail. It
> > not say if it was when it was in the water, or when it was brought out
> > lying on shore.
> Come to think, I've read this too. But I have a hard time seeing any
> resemblance between the 2 tails.

I guess I agree with that, but did John A. Grindle " Fossil at Law" ( stole
that from May 1995 In-Fisherman had an article on bowfin) really look that
much like a bowfin. ha ha.

> Forgot to mention that one. Poisson de marais.

That is the one I was thinking of.

> It's interesting to note how some names have more than one explanation.
> Perhaps a criterion for a name catching on is that it has several layers
> meanings?

Do you think the bowfin has probably the most nicknames of any fish? I
wonder if this could be from misunderstanding, or a way of showing respect
for something that gets little? Even though many of it's nicknames are
derogatory, it would seem to me this is a way of becoming comfortable with
something ( or someone).


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