LINGUISTICS & CULTURE
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My comment is the same as Douglas ´s. I would teach starfish but accept both.
collectively: not different species.
Then on pg. 144 the example goes: "I spent my days quietly, swimming and canoeing; I even caught a few fish. (Use a different constrution if you wish to make one element distinct from the others)
If you had caught speckled trouts, barracudas, bluefish, a bunch of triggerfish, lots of slings, a bunch of amberjacks you can say that you got some fishes (different species).
If you caught ten gaff-top catfish, it means that you got some catfish (not catfishes).
Same to applies to starfish, you may have five starfish in your hand, and you may have five starfishes (say, one Red-knobbed starfish, one eleven-armed sea star, one Bat star, one Blue Star and one carpet sea star), then, five especies. You stating, starfishes, you are making the point that you have five different species in your hand, okay?
There are 2,000 living species of starfish that occur in all the world's oceans source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Starfish
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