OH HECK, did I learn something this month. I’ve been in this hobby for a long time. I’m 42 now, I had my first fish at the age of four, and by the time I hit my teens my bedroom was full of tanks. And now, 38 years later, I find that I’ve been pronouncing a fish name wrong for my whole life.
The fish in question? Polypterus. I bet in your head you just read that as poll-ip-tur-uss, right? It looks the correct way to say it. But it turns out that the division in pronunciation is before the ‘p’. Not polyp-terus, but poly-pterus. And ‘pterus’ has the same Greek origin as Pterosaur or Pterophyllum (for the angelfish fans). The ‘p’ is silent…
So, all these years, I should have been calling it ‘polly-teh-russ’, and now I know. That’s what I love about this hobby, I just keep on learning things!