Fish vs. Fishes

Ladies and gentlemen, tell me, how much do you know about the plural form of 'fish'? Well, don't panic if you have no idea. Come with me.

"Fish" vs. "Fishes" in English

What Is Their Main Difference?

Both are plural forms of the word 'fish'. However, 'fish' refers to a group of them that are from the same species, while, 'fishes' refers to a different species of them.

Differences

'Fish' refers to a group of them from the same species, whereas, 'fishes' refers to different species of them. Look at the examples below:

Look at all those beautiful yellow fish in the aquarium.

I went fishing yesterday and didn't catch any fishes.

Similarities

Both refer to a group of fish. Check out the examples below:

The scientist, then, delivered a lecture on the fishes that were endangered.

Mary was able to catch so many fish last week.

Are They Interchangeable?

Since both are correct, we can use them interchangeably. Compare:

✓ There are different kinds of fish in the ocean.

✓ There are different kinds of fishes in the ocean.

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