What Is a Female Fish Called?

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Neither female or male fish have a specific name. Baby fish, however, are called fry or fingerlings. A group of fish is called a school, shoal, draft or run.

In most species of fish, the male is more brightly colored than the female and has more elaborate fins. The female is usually larger than the male. Fish reproduction is called spawning. The female releases a large quantity of eggs, or ova, into the water, while the male sprays them with sperm to fertilize them. The eggs hatch on their own, and the fry are left to fend for themselves. Lobsters, oysters and sea urchins also reproduce by spawning.