What do you call a baby fish?
Credit: LASZLO ILYES CC-BY-2.0
Q:

What do you call a baby fish?

A:

Quick Answer

The most common word for a baby fish is "fry," but other words are used as well. For example, depending on the age of the fish, a young salmon can be referred to by four different names before reaching adulthood.

  Know More

Full Answer

Newly hatched salmon are called alevin. At this stage, the young fish is still feeding off the nutrient sac that nourished it while it was in the egg. At five to 10 weeks, baby salmon become fry. Fry swim free and feed themselves. After several months, fry become parr. After anywhere from one to three years, parr become smolt. Some of these terms refer only to salmon, but the word fry can be used as a generic term for baby fish.

Learn more about Zoology
Sources:

Related Questions

  • Q:

    What is the difference between fish and amphibians?

    A:

    The primary difference between fish and amphibians is that fish are only able to live in water and amphibians are able to live both in and out of water. Other differences between fish and amphibians include habitat, differences in skin type and the presence of limbs.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    Do fish need oxygen?

    A:

    Fish need oxygen, but since they do not have lungs they get their oxygen from the water they live in. The oxygen in the water that fishes use is called dissolved oxygen, since the oxygen is dissolved in water.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    What is the difference between fish and reptiles?

    A:

    Reptiles can live both on land and in water, and fish live solely in water. Differences in reproduction, body structure, waste elimination and methods of movement are significant as well.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    What is a group of fish called?

    A:

    A simple group of fish is called a "shoal." It can contain a number of species. Shoaling makes it easier for fish to find food because more individuals are on the lookout. Large numbers also help fish find mates. In addition, being in a group offers some protection against predators, similar to hiding in a crowd.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:

Explore