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Starfish or Sea star?

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  • Starfish or Sea star?

    These polygonal creatures have always been known on starfish.

    But apparently there's a lot of people out there who insist it is called a sea star. Since this invertebrate is not a real fish, they have a valid point.

    This language has called it a fish for so long though. In fact, there's a part of the English language that has been quite ignorant toward marine biology. The word "shellfish" is used to refer to creatures scallops, clams, and oysters. But they aren't fish, they are mollusks. But that doesn't matter as they are often referred to as fish.

    Personally, I'm just gonna stick with calling it a star fish because that's what I grew up knowing. When I was a kid, I went to a summer camp at the coast where all the counselors would correct us kids when we called them star fish. They were sea star authoritarians, lol.

  • #2
    I'll go with starfish, I'm not terribly bothered by misnomers for colloquial names. If I need to be a stickler for accuracy, I'll refer to it by it's proper scientific name.


    • #3
      Who Cares What It's Called.......It's Just Beautiful......

      Cheers Glen.


    • #4
      i don't care what they call it, as long as they don't try to rename sea monkeys.


      • #5
        yeah, starfish
        it's a nicer word. it IS a word. not a two word description.