Fish Species With M in Their Names

marbled hatchetfish

You've certainly heard of muskies, mackerel, and monkfish, but have you ever heard of a mustache Zamora? Do you know the scientific names for any of these creatures? When studying and discussing certain fish species, knowing both the common and scientific names is beneficial. It never hurts to use the scientific name for a fish species when attempting to look knowledgeable, as colloquial names for fish species differ over the world. Here are just a few of the many fish names that begin with the letter M.

Madagascar Rainbowfish

Geayi Bedotia A found in Madagascar's Mananjary River watershed. It's a little fish that grows up to 9 cm long and prefers the calm, shady waters of small streams.

Malawi Eye-Biter

Compressiceps Dimidiochromis This violent cichlid, endemic to Lake Malawi in Africa, is infamous for ripping the eyeballs out of victims (thus the nickname). It is also the only predator that starts with the tail while devouring its victim.

Mangrove Red Snapper

argentimaculatus Lutjanus A reef-dwelling subtropical fish found from East Africa to Samoa and Australia. They're a popular food fish in the Indo-Pacific, but they're hard to catch in huge quantities since they don't stick together.

Many Banded Shell-Dweller 

Multifasciatus Neolamprologus This territorial fish from Africa's Lake Tanganyika lays its eggs in empty snail shells, which it subsequently buries until just the shell aperture is visible.

Marbled Hatchetfish 

Striata Carnegiella Small (up to 3.5 cm) species found in South American rivers. They prefer blackwater, which is a dark, acidic liquid containing decomposing organic materials. Because they can jump out of the water if disturbed, they must be maintained in tanks with covers.

Masked Julie Cichlid 

Transcriptus Julidochromis This is the smallest species of the "Julie" cichlids, at just 7 cm in length. In Africa, near the beaches of Lake Tanganyika. Black and white stripes, as well as a brilliant blue line running down the fins, are common.


Novemradiatus periophthalmus Indian Mudskipper is a brackish-water amphibious fish endemic to India's Bay of Bengal. They have the ability to climb out of the water in search of insects to consume. Because they may scale the tank walls with their pelvic fins, they must be maintained in an aquarium with a tight lid.

Other Fish Names That Start With M

  • Macmaster's Dwarf Cichlid: Apistogramma macmasteri
  • Macculloch's Rainbowfish: Melanotaenia maccullochi
  • Madeirae Swamp Eel: Synbranchus madeirae 
  • Magnificent Rasbora: Rasbora borapetensis
  • Malabar Pufferfish: Tetraodon travancorius
  • Malarmo Catfish: Duopalatinus malarmo
  • Malawi Blue Dolphin: Cyrtocara moorii
  • Malawi Eye-Biter: Dimidiochromis compressiceps
  • Malawi Golden Cichlid: Melanochromis auratus
  • Malay Combtail: Belontia hasselti
  • Manchurian Loach: Leptobotia mantschurica
  • Many-Spotted Cory: Corydoras polystictus
  • Marakeli Cichlid: Paratilapia polleni "Madagascar"
  • Marbled Bichir: Polypterus palmas
  • Marbled Headstander: Abramites hypselonotus
  • Marbled Lamprologus: Lepidiolamprologus attenuatus
  • Marbled Livingston's Hap: Nimbochromis livingstonii
  • Marbled Otocinclus: Otocinclus paulinus
  • Marbled Sleeper Goby: Oxyeleotris marmorata
  • Marbled Swamp Eel: Synbranchus marmoratus
  • Marigold Swordtail: Xiphophorus helleri
  • Marigold Wag Swordtail: Xiphophorus helleri
  • Marlier's Julie: Julidochromis marlieri
  • Marylin's Pencilfish: Nannostomus marylinae
  • Meridionalis Gray Bichir: Polypterus senegalus meridionalis
  • Mexican Sailfin Molly: Poecilia velifera
  • Mexican Swordtail: Xiphophorus montizumae
  • Mexican Tetra: Astyanax fasciatus mexicanus
  • Mickey Mouse Platy: Xiphophorus maculatus
  • Midas Cichlid: Amphilophus citrinellus
  • Millions Fish: Poecilia reticulata
  • Modest Loach: Botia modesta
  • Molly: Poecilia latipinna
  • Molly "Black": Poecilia sphenops
  • Mono: Monodactylus argenteus
  • Montezuma helleri: Xiphophorus montizumae
  • Moonfish "Red Wag": Xiphophorus maculatus "Red Wag"
  • Moonfish "Vtiatus Sunset": Xiphophorus maculatus "Vtiatus Sunset"
  • Moonlight Gourami: Trichogaster microlepis
  • Moore's Lamprologus: Variabilichromis moorii
  • Mosaic Gourami: Trichogaster leeri
  • Moss Barb: Capoeta tetrazona
  • Motoro Stingray: Potamotrygon motoro
  • Mottled Ctenopoma: Ctenopoma oxrynchum
  • Mottled Stingray: Potamotrygon hystrix