Aug 3, 2008

Grunters and Singers

The midshipman fish and I have something in common: me both use excessive and ceaseless vocalization to court our mates (mine is in the form of whining to my wife).

This fish (Poricthys notatus), also like myself, is a native of the Pacific Coast of North America. Aside from also being vertebrates, we don't have much else in common. They are also known as "grunters," "grunts," and "singing fish," among other aliases. But come on, make up your mind! Which one is it? Grunting or singing? Maybe its something in the middle, like death metal or gangsta rap.

Thanks, Ida.

Photo source: National Geographic

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

i think the one on the bottom wants to eat my soul...