This summer's typhoon season will see a female fish morph into a freshwater fish, butterflies into hawks and dragon kings into sea anemones. Three future tropical cyclones or typhoons in the western north Pacific and South China Sea will be named Pakhar, Doksuri and Haikui. The names of typhoons that hit in 2005 - Matsa, Nabi and Longwang - are being retired in line with the convention of striking the names of very destructive storms from the list. The Typhoon Committee made the decision last year. 'Pakhar' is Laotian for a fish in the Mekong Delta, 'Doksuri' is Korean for a bird of prey and 'Haikui' is Putonghua for sea anemones. The Typhoon Committee, run jointly by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and Pacific and the World Meteorological Organisation, regularly updates typhoon names, replacing ones that have struck with names suggested each year by countries worst hit by the storms. The names may have changed, but they retain a common link with the animal kingdom as both Matsa and Pakhar are types of fish, Nabi and Doksuri are creatures of flight, and sea anemones and traditional Chinese dragons are aquatic animals. Matsa, Nabi and Longwang all struck the Asia-Pacific area in 2005, when 16 typhoons were recorded. Seven were super typhoons, including Nabi and Longwang, with wind speeds in excess of 240km/h. In 2000, English names were abandoned in favour of Asian names in the Asia-Pacific region.