AQUATICAL•LATIN Vol 1 – Index of Common Names

As an aid to those unfamiliar with the scientific names of the fishes covered in AQUATICAL•LATIN Volume 1: Reef Fishes, I’ve prepared an addendum to the book in the form of an index of common names.

You can download a pdf of the index at the same size as the book here:  Aquatical Latin Vol 1 – Index of Common Names. This will take you to a new page, click on the highlighted text to download the index.













AQUATICAL•LATIN featured in DIVER magazine Feb 2018

News – AQUATICAL•LATIN, the book, featured in the February edition of Diver magazine.

Here are a couple of quotes from the Diver magazine review:

“Hayes is no dry academic, and has a very pleasant style. His introductory chapters are genuinely interesting if you don’t know much about marine-life classification systems”

“…well researched and interesting…”

You can see the review in full here at DIVERNET

DIVER is Britain’s best-selling scuba diving magazine.

AQUATICAL•LATIN official book launch.

We’re pleased to announce that we’re throwing an official book launch party for AQUATICAL•LATIN.

We’re especially proud that the launch party will take place at a prestigious literary venue, the Samuel Johnson Birthplace Museum in Lichfield (Breadmarket Street, Lichfield, WS13 6LG)

All are welcome to come along and meet the author and have a slice of cake and a cup of tea.

The launch party takes place on Saturday the 16th December between 2.00 and 3.00 pm.


Available now –  the first AQUATICAL•LATIN book:


Latin for Aquarists

An Etymology of Tropical Marine Reef Species.


T. M. Hayes

This first volume takes a look at the etymology, that’s the meaning behind the names, of around 950 species of the most common tropical marine fishes found in the aquatic hobby.

In addition to being an etymological dictionary of species and genus names AQUATICAL•LATIN also looks at subjects such as taxonomy, explains all about scientific names, and includes a handy guide to how these sometimes peculiar looking names should be pronounced.

The perfect gift for the curious aquarist, a useful tool for public aquariums, academics, and an indispensable addition to any aquarist’s library.

AQUATICAL•LATIN is a unique book, it is the only available general etymological work on fishes. Written by marine aquarium writer Tim Hayes. this is an extensively researched and well referenced work.

Product details:

  • Paperback: 296 pages
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1545319227
  • ISBN-13: 978-1545319222
  • Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.9 x 22.9 cm
  • Price:
  • UK: £14.99
  • US: $19.15
  • EU and ROW: price subject to region, see appropriate Amazon site for details.

To purchase a copy of AQUATICAL•LATIN please go to the Amazon website

For more information about AQUATICAL•LATIN, the book, please contact AQUATICAL•LATIN via and we’ll do our best to answer your query.