The first of what I hope will be a weekly post about fish-related words and phrases. I guess I should call it “Word or phrase of the week” but that’s not quite as snappy. I’ve always been interested in words and their origins so this is doubly enjoying for me.
Anyway this week’s word is lacustrine.
Pronounced – Lah-KUSS-treen
Meaning – relating to or living in lakes.
Origin – from the latin word lacus, meaning lake.
Similar words – riverine (relating to or living in rivers) and marine (relating to or living in the sea, the latin word for sea being mare).
Example usage – Malawi cichlids and other lacustrine fish often practice mouth-brooding as part of their reproductive strategy.
Trivia – The specific name of The Lake kutubu rainbowfish – Melanotaenia lacustris has the same meaning.