Ever wondered how many fish names start with E? Well, we certainly did, so we delved into the aquatic world to discover just how many there were. We thought we’d share our findings with you, so you can expand your fishy knowledge.
We’ve included a variety of freshwater and saltwater fish, some which are great for aquarium hobbyists and some which are better suited to the wild. The hard to read words in brackets next to each fish name is actually Latin and forms the scientific name for that fish. These Latin names are used worldwide and can be important when identifying a fish. Many types of fish have the same genus (sort of like a surname) but have a different species (a bit like a forename). The genus always has an uppercase letter at the beginning and the species is always lowercase.
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Our Top 5 Fish Names Beginning with Letter E
So while we were doing our research, these 5 fish starting with E caught our eye the most. They make great pets and some of them look pretty darn cool! Make sure to check out their scientific names if you would like one of these fish for your aquarium, as then you can make sure you’re getting the right one.
Eduard’s Mbuna (Pseudotropheus socolofi)
Is it just us, or does this fish look really blue? We’re not just talking about the color either, this cichlid looks sad!? Also known as a Powder Blue Cichlid, these fish come in a multitude of blue shades and are endemic to Lake Malawi. They like to live in shallower waters and enjoy tanks with plenty of rocks, preferably in the shape of a cave. Although Eduard’s Mbuna does eat live and frozen feed, they actually enjoy tucking into spirulina flakes or blanched spinach.
Despite many other cichlids having aggressive natures, this type of mbuna can be quite peaceful, just as long as it isn’t placed with fish that are much larger than it.
Electric Blue Hap (Sciaenochromis ahli)
Here’s another blue buddy from Lake Malawi. The Electric Blue Hap is also a variety of cichlid and is even less aggressive than its mbuna friend above. They like to hide in rocky areas and love to hunt for small fish to eat – so don’t pair them with any fish that will fit easily into the hap’s mouth.
This fish is perfect for beginner fish-keepers as it is relatively easy to look after. Make sure you don’t slack on the tank-cleaning routine, as these cichlids can be prone to Malawi bloat which is a fish disease which can make your cichlid very sick.
Elephantnose Fish (Gnathonemus petersii)
We love this little guy and their amazing trunk-like lower lip, which is used for digging and burrowing. Elephantnose Fish love muddy river beds, so when keeping them in your aquarium, you will need a more heavily-planted environment and softer substrate. The plants you choose will need to be able to survive well in low light – Gnathonemus petersii like low-light and plenty of shaded places to hide. Try including driftwood and smooth rocks in your aquascaping if you plan on keeping an Elephantnose fish.
Emerald Catfish (Corydoras splendens)
Just like an emerald, these corydoras have a gorgeous green sheen! Emerald Catfish are also known as Emerald ‘Brochis’ and they tend to live in still waters when out in the wild. They dwell on the bottom of a tank, where the lack of/slower current should be ideal for them.
This is another fish in our list which likes a place to seek shelter, so include driftwood or some form of cave to keep these corys happy.
Eye Spot Sleeper (Tateurndina ocellicauda)
The Eye Spot Sleeper – quite a strange common name for this fish, which is also known as a Peacock Goby. Found in the wild in streams, ponds and rivers, these fish like to swim in shoals, so a keeping a small group would be ideal. They can be a little aggressive with their own kind, but if you provide plenty of shaded/covered areas in the tank, they should get along just fine. Good tank mates for these gobies include rainbowfish, tetras or rasboras – any kind of peaceful fish, as long as they’re small.
List of fish names starting with E
There were lots more great fish that start with E that we really wanted to tell you about, so here are the lists below. Discover freshwater and saltwater fish which could be your next aquarium pet.
Freshwater fish starting with E:
- Earth Eater (Satanoperca jurupari)
- Earthworm Eel (Chaudhuria caudata)
- Eastern Mudminnow (Umbra pygmea)
- Edible Gourami (Osphronemus gourami)
- Eel Loach (Pangio anguillaris)
- Egyptian Mouthbrooder (Pseudocrenilabrus multicolor)
- Eight-Barb Loach (Lefua costata)
- Electric Catfish (Malapterurus electricus)
- Electric Eel (Electrophorus electricus)
- Electric Knifefish (Apteronotus albifrons)
- Electric Yellow Hap (Labidochromis caeruleus)
- Elegant Rasbora (Rasbora elegans elegans)
- Elephant-Nose Cichlid (Nimbochromis linni)
- Elongated Lepidiolamprologus (Lepidiolamprologus elongatus)
- Emperor Tetra (Nematobrycon palmeri)
- Empire Gudgeon (Hypseleotris compressa)
- Entsuyui (Myxocyprinus asiaticus)
- Espe’s Pencilfish (Nannostomus espei)
- Ethiopian Lungfish (Protopterus aethiopicus aethiopicus)
- European chub (Squalius cephalus)
- European Eel (Anguilla anguilla)
- European Minnow (Phoxinus phoxinus)
- European Perch (Perca fluviatilis)
- European Wels (Silurus glanis)
- Everglades Pygmy Sunfish (Elassoma evergladei)
- Eye Spot Loach (Acanthocobitis botia)
- Eye-Lined Pyrrhulina (Pyrrhulina rachoviana)
Saltwater fish starting with E:
- Eagle Ray (Aetomylaeus bovinus)
- Eel (Anguilla sp.)
- Eel Cod (Muraenolepis microps)
- Eel-Goby (Odontamblyopus lacepedii)
- Eelpout (Gymnelus hemifasciatus)
- Eeltail Catfish (Euristhmus microceps)
- Elasmobranch (Elasmobranchii [Subclass])
- Electric Ray (Torpedo marmorata)
- Elephant Fish (Callorhinchus milii)
- Ember Parrotfish (Scarus rubroviolaceus)
- Emperor Angelfish (Pomacanthus imperator)
- Emperor Bream (Lethrinus obsoletus)
- Escolar (Lepidocybium flavobrunneum)
- Eucla Cod (Euclichthys polynemus)
- Eulachon (Thaleichthys pacificus)
- European Flounder (Platichthys flesus)