Originally Posted by MegK
axos are more like lizards to me..
to me, exotic would be something ive never seen or heard of, so i cant list any, i just need to be amazed ;)
Actually, they're a type of salamander, as are mud puppies.
Exotic is such subjective word. I mean, for fish that look least like fish, per se, there's bettas, leaf fish, needlefish, puffers of all sorts; spiny, swamp, moray, and elecritc eels; mormyrids, loricarids, mudskippers, and so on and so on, and so on.
Then there are the fish that look unexpected: Whale catfish, Chaca chaca, and gulper cats spring to mind right away, as do African butterfly fish and hatchet fish. Or neon red pencilfish and green laser cories.
And then there are those with odd behavior, splash tetras, sticklebacks, climbing perch, discus, Cave Tetras, archerfish, anableps.
And then the prehistoric ones: Gars, arowana, arapima, bichirs, lungfish, and ropefish.
Then there's every fish I've never heard of.
And then there are fish that take their clothes off.
Not that I know of any, but that's another sense of the word "exotic".
So "exotic" is really too broad a criterion to be particularly useful unless you're trying to find out what people mean by exotic by examining the fish they choose as exotic.