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Antarctic Fishing 8 - Juvenile Notothenia neglecta

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One of the common inshore species is this one, Notothenia neglecta, the subject of my particular studies. It was sometimes called "Antarctic Cod", but then I've seen that label attached to several other Antarctic fish species. With no native human population and a fish population that is pretty much totally unique to Antarctica, very few Antarctic fish actually have anything like a common name. The people who deal with them with any regularity are scientists rather than fishmongers as it would be anywhere else in the world.

The result is that Antarctic fish tend only to have a Latin name. For reason I have never been able to fully understand this can greatly irritate some people. The conversation goes something like this:

"So what kind of fish did you catch out there?"

me - "Quite a few types"

"Like what?"

me - (ok here we go again) "They didn't really have common names, just scientific ones"

"Like what?"

me - (I know where this is going) "Notothenia neglecta, Chaenocephalus aceratus, Trematomus bernachii, Champsocephalus gunnari"

"Well that means nothing to me! Didn't they have proper names?"

me - "Well you could call them Antarctic Cod, or Icefish"

"Oh that makes more sense, I can imagine what they were like now"

me - no you can't! (but I never say that)

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