Etymological history of some freshwater fishes of Bangladesh: A review
Md. Hadiuzzaman, Muhammad Forhad Ali, M Ahsan Bin Habib
As Bangladesh is endowed with around 250 freshwater fish species, the etymological analysis of currently used fish scientific names may have interesting motifs in various scientific fields. It is very hard to find out the meanings of scientific names of fishes due to lack of recognized identifying books and literatures. Additionally, systematic nomenclature will be not recognized and understood without having a clear knowledge about the origin of a word. Though some of these words have been deformed and almost of them are far variants from the standard or original forms, etymology used for elucidating the origin of scientific names. Of all species presented in the available sources, 64 species were selected for this study. All names, including scientific (Greek and Latin), common and local names in Bengali dialects were etymologically analyzed. Thus, the study was considered one of the first works deals with the background history of binomial nomenclature of the concerned freshwater fish species.