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Pineapple Fish and 7 Other Species Named After the Food They Resemble

There are a many ocean species named for foods they resemble. Check out these pineapple fish, garlic bread sea cucumber , chocolate chip sea star and more.


While the scientific name of species are long, hard to remember, and often Latin, their common names can be amusing. There are a variety of oceanic species named after foods they resemble. Whether the marine organisms actually look like the edibles they are named after is debatable, however.

Either way, these sea creatures belong in the water and not on a plate!

Pancake Batfish

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This fish may not look as appetizing a short stack, but the pancake batfish's flat body and golden color easily account for its' flapjack equivalency. The pancake batfish is actually a relatively new species that lives in coastal areas of the Gulf of Mexico and parts of the southern Atlantic by Georgia, Florida, and the Carolinas.

Chocolate Chip Starfish

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The chocolate chip starfish, or chocolate chip sea star, looks like a large, star-shaped chocolate chip cookie! This scrumptious looking echinoderm prefers relatively shallow sandy bottoms of the Pacific Ocean floor.

Tomato Clownfish

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The rounded shape and bright red shade of this clownfish make it the perfect imitation tomato! Also known as the red tomato clown, the tomato clownfish lives within anemones in the western Pacific.

Pineapple Fish

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It is astonishing how much this southwestern Pacific fish resembles an actual pineapple. The armor-like scales, yellow coloring, and backward pointing spines are nearly identical to the tropical fruit!

Garlic Bread Sea Cucumber

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There are over 1,250 species of sea cucumbers in the world. These echinoderms got their names because the shape of their bodies closely resembles a cucumber. But a sea cucumber that also resembles a loaf of garlic bread sounds like it can satisfy a hefty appetite. The garlic bread sea cucumber's nomenclature stems from its pale under belly and darker, “toasted" appearance on top.

Lettuce Sea Slug

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This “leafy" nudibranch is found among coral reefs in the southern Atlantic Ocean and Carribean Sea. The tightly packed and folded appendages, called parapodia, give the slug its lettuce-like appearance.

Banana Wrasse

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Found in the warm waters around Australia and New Zealand, the banana wrasse is a subtropical fish that swims around coral reefs and rocky coastlines. The banana wrasse's name comes from its deep yellow coloring.

Lemon Shark

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The lemon shark is named after the popular citrus fruit because their skin has a yellowish hue. Interestingly, lemon sharks have poor eyesight and use a magnetic sensor in their nose to find prey and other sharks to mate with. Beyond the color, this fish may have been categorized as a lemon because of their notable "sourpuss" expression!

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