If you didn’t know the ‘pot cova’ fish? This is what it looks like | Loop Jamaica

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The moment I heard ‘pot cova’, I was intrigued. I could understand why fisherfolk would call it ‘pot cova’; the animal resembles a ‘dutchie’, burnt by coal.

But, I was convinced there was another, ‘official’, scientific name and this was another example of Jamaicans nicknaming things to their liking.

I googled and got nowhere.

The pot cover fish could easily fit in the family of the angel fish and butterfly fish; in particular the almost luminescent French Angelfish.

Here are some fun facts about the French Angelfish aka ‘Pot Cover fish’:

1 The French Angelfish are part of class Osteichthyes. They live in coral reefs in the Western Atlantic, from the Bahamas to Brazil and the Gulf of Mexico.

2 Their scientific name, Pomacanthus paru, comes from the Greek words for cover (poma) and spine (akantha) due to their protruding spines.

3 Other names include: French angelfish, French angel, angelfish, gray angelfish, cachama blanca (Spanish), frade (Portuguese), nezumi-yakko (Japanese).

4 Some studies show that they often appear in the Caribbean Sea and off the coast of New York.

5 French angelfish are very curious, territorial, and often travel in pairs in shallow reefs and swim at depths of 15-feet-deep.

6 Young French angelfish form symbiotic relationships with bigger fish; they remove parasites from other fish species and receive protection in return.

7 They also feed on sponges, algae, soft corals, and ectoparasites, and live among coral reefs in tropical coastal waters

8 They live up to ten years and grow 10-16 inches at a time.

9 They are distinguished by their black scales with yellow rims (adults) and black scales with yellow vertical bands (juveniles).