This Fish's Common Name Is Assfish, But No One Knows Why

This Fish's Common Name Is Assfish, But No One Knows Why

There is not much particularly puzzling about the Acanthonus armatus, except for its mysterious common name. Described as a "glorified tadpole" by some, the Acanthonus armatus is commonly known as the spiny-eared assfish. According to the Royal BC Museum, a species discoverer cannot name a new species after him/herself, and the name must be tasteful. "Assfish" is not the formal name, but its origins are mysterious. Some claim it gained its name just for being ugly.

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    The common name for the Acanthonus armatus is spiny-eared assfish. (1:55)

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