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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!

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