HOME ...|... Fish Glossary ...|... ...|...Downloads ...|... Contact Me

Confused over Fish names?

When I moved from India, I found it very difficult to identify the fishes in the local market. In India I knew the local name of most fishes but in a foreign land it was difficult to select some. I was totally confused.All fish looked the same :) So I just referred to some fish related sites to get the local names and their english names along with pictures( a picture says a thousand words) so that one can identify the fishes easily with no further confusion. So no more confusion. The fish glossary contains fish name translation in Malayalam, Tamil, Kannada, Telugu, konkani, bengali, marthi and Arabic names form the UAE and gulf market and some name in sindhi and balochi languages. You can check the reference at the bottom of the blog for malaysian, Singapore and Pinoy names for the fishes. Help me correct, if I have written any names wrong. Before going to the fish glossary , lets check the how to select a fresh fish and for Good Seafood Recipes check this page:


'The freshness Factor - How to buy Fresh Fish'


REDGILL DELIGHTBright scarlet gills/bright pink or red on a fish mean it’s freshly caught. A dull color is old fish. A red dye is often applied to the gills to make appear fresh , so beware

FIRMNESS TEST

Softness/mushy means fish is old, a hard form means freshness. Finger tips shouldn't leave an impression . Old Fishes are sometimes frozen to make it hard, to misled people


SNIFF TEST
Rotten fish have foul Smell. While selling in heaps rotten fishes are often mixed with fresh ones

TEXTURE AND SHINE
The skin should be shiny and moist. No brown Spots. It shows the sign of decay. must have an appearance of a live fish. A dull looking fish means OLD

COLOUR OF THE SLICES
When buying fillets look for neat, trim fillets with white translucent appearance

EYE TEST
Look for CLEAR bright,glossy and dark eyes and sunken,red or cloudy white eyes are real no-no

FOR CRABS & LOBSTERS
Fresh crabs and lobsters should be lively and frisky.Should be heavy for their size

SHELL FISH
Select shell fish tightly closed without any gaps/cracks

AROMA OF COOKED FISH
Fresh fish when cooked have a rich aroma, if fried or grilled the inside flesh would be bright white

For more details you can refer this site
Lets have a look at the Glossary with fish names in different languages.



FISH GLOSSARY

(For a bigger view of the images please click on the respective image)

Download/print a copy @ SCRIBD

Anchovy
Malayalam: Nethili, Kozhuva, Natholi, Netha , Nathal
Tamil: Nethali, Nethili, Thogai meen
Telugu: Nethallu, poorava ,Kelba, Poravallu
Kannada: Bolingei Kollathuru
Other: Capsali Mandli(konkani) Phasa, Phansa(bengali)Purasa, Churali Patua, Dinasi, motyala, Enaga, Onaga, Phansi
Arabic: Barriya,
Phyasa, padni(in pakistan)


Anchovy, Smelt


Anchovy is distinguished from smelt by the wide mouth and long eyes and relative position of fins with dorsal wholly behind








Barracuda (Sea Pike)
Barracuda
Malayalam: Neduva, chilavu, thinda,Koduva, Cheela, Thiruthakkadian, Sheelavu, Cheeelahoo
Tamil: Ooli, Pilinjan, ,Sheela, cheela, goli, gola, oozha, Seela
Telugu: Jellow
Kannada: Obantol, Kanaki.
Konkani: Tonki
Other: Ghalse, Badvi, Badri, Jaban Tal (Marathi) Goli, Gola, Oozha
Arabic: Al Gidd, Agam, al kebeer, sabaat
Kund(in Pakistan)






Barramundi / Bekti(Gaint sea Perch, Begti, Cock-up, seabass)
Barramundi (Bekti, Seabass, Gaint sea perch, cock-up)
Malayalam: Chemali narimeen, Nair meen, Nuddee meen, tanad, koduva, kolen
Tamil: Painee meen, Koduvai, Kodusa Keduwa, Koduwa, koduva, Painee Meen
Telugu: Pandu Chepa, Pandu Meenu, Pandu Koppa, pandu goppa
Kannada: Koliji, Mudar menu, koleji
Other: Koliji,Keliji (Kanada)Bekkut, Durruah (Oriya), Gariyu(gujarati)Khajura,Jiteda, Fitadar,
Khajuri (Marathi), Bekti Koral, River snapper, Chonak(chonak), Tamoshi, Englishmans fish
Arabic: Sarah, Nai sarah
Dangri (in pakistan)






Bluefin Travally
Bluefin travally
Malayalam: Vatta, Kuluvel, Oyupara, maduthala
Tamil: Parai
Telugu: Kuroogoo-Parah
Other: Shitap(marathi), Bluefin jack






Bombay Duck
Bombay Duck
Malayalam: Bummili
Tamil: Vangaravasi,
Telugu: Vanamattalu , Coco Muttah, Cucah Sawahri
Kannada: Banguli
Other: Bombil,Nehare,Bunmalo (Marathi) loitta,Lutia, Bumaloh(Bengali)Bumla, Gulchi (Gujarati) Bombil(Oriya)
Bombil, bombala(in pakistan)






Butterfish
Butterfish
Malayalam: Nachara
Kannada: Konande, Bonke(Black-banded trevally) [fish no. 3 in the image]
Other: Saudalo, karchani(Konkani) Pabda Jhol(Bengali)






Catfish
Catfish
Malayalam: etta, Valia Etta, Kaari , Thendu Kadu(Freshwater Stinging Catfish)
Tamil: Kelluthi, Kezhuthi, Mandai, Kaleru, Irung Keletee, Kellettee, Keliru
Kannada: Thede, Shede, Shede Galiya
Other: Pungas(freshwater), Tedi jella, jellalu, Ungilayi, Jella,walaga(Telugu) Kamada(Oriya), Kan Magur(Bengali) Walshingala, Walshingti(kanada) Nal Shingala(Marathi) Mogamshede, Pangusg, Shingala,Sangot, Sangtam, Shyade, Sangat, Vari Choongum, Varichundan Mushi
Arabic: Chim Khen, kumal
Khagga, Singhara, Kun (in pakistan)






Catla(Bengal Carp)
Katla, Bengal Carp
Malayalam: Karakatla, Karaka, Karacatla, Katla,
Tamil: Catla, Katla, Kendai, Theppu Meenu, Kanavi ,Koora-Kendai , Theppu Meenu ,Thopaameenu , Japan Kendai, Thoppu meen, Yamaneri kendai, Karavai
Telugu: Botchee, Botchi, Botcha , Krishnabotcha
Other: Bhakua, Baudhekera , Baudhekra (Assamese),Katla,Pla Kra Ho (Bengali), Bawas,Tambra,Thambra (Gujarati)Boassa,Chepti ,Bhakur,Katla (Hindi)Tambra,Katala,Pla Kra Ho (Marathi),Bahkur,Barkur,Bhakur (Oriya)Theil ,Theila,Thaila (Punjabi),Boassa (Rajasthani)








Clam
Clams
Malayalam: Kakka, Eninthti, Kakka matti
Tamil: Kilinjal, Matti(Vjtlia), inatti ,vari Matti, Panja matti, Vazhi, vazhukkumatti, Chippi(sometimes)
Other: Tisre, Khubbe, Tisrio, Teesrya








Cod
Malabar Reef Cod
Malayalam: Mullan, Sarghan, Chemmun, panna Mahi mahi
Tamil: Panna, Kalava
Other: Gobro(konkan), Kallmurya

Also check in Grouper






Convict Surgeonfish
Convict Surgeon
Malayalam: Kurichil, Nelalan, Varipara, Paalla
Tamil: Kozhimeen,
Kannada: mada
Telugu: Mootah








Crab
Crab
Malayalam: Njandu, Nandu
Tamil: Nandu
Telugu: Pitha, Peetha,
Other: Kekda, Kurlya, Aedi, Nona(Konkan)
Kekra, kukri,googoo tanga(in Pakistan)
Arabic:gabgoob, gubgub,saratan sabih






Cuttle
Cuttle Fish
Malayalam: Tonadi Kanava, Kalaan Kanava
Tamil: Kanavai, Totti kanava
Other: Maya Mach
Mayya, mus(in Pakistan)
Arabic: habbar






Dart(snubnose dart/Silver Pompano)
DART
Malayalam: Peeyada
Tamil: Kootili, kutili
Kannada: Kaduvai, Kokkare.
Other: Ladagoo, Katattitaka
Arabic: Tallaha, Al sibin, seben
Onaf, sonam, sonab(sindhi in Pakistan)








Dolphin Fish(Mahi Mahi)
Dolphin Fish (Mahi Mahi)
Malayalam: Avvnose, Abanoos
Tamil: Avlis, Kal vanna,badahlen, Koppurai Kula, ailai
Kannada: Abanoos
Arabic: Anfalous, bakti
Mahlar, amlooshk, amrusk(in pakistan)








Eel
Indian Conger Eel anf Fresh water Eel(brown)
Malayalam: Pambu meen, Malanjil , Manangil, Malungulu, Maniangal,malanjal
Tamil: Vilongu, Vilangu, Seram Pambu, Velangoo, Vlangu
Kannada: Kencholi, Hari Meenu
Other: Kamila(Bengali) Ahir(Marathi), Kolaav
Barn, Sankh, Saang (in pakistan)




Emperor/Mula/pigface bream
Emperor or Pigface Bream
Malayalam: valiya vilmeen, Kurali
Tamil: valai meen, Kulli kozhi meen, Vannatthi, Vilaimeen
Kannada: Erimeenu, Kokkare
Arabic : shaour, Sheiri Arabi,gahash
Mulla, Gadeer(in pakistan)






Fin Bream
( Japanese threadfin bream, Goldband, Pink perch)
Japanese Threadfin Bream
Malayalam: Navara, Kellimeen, Killimeen, Chengavaal, chennavira, henvaara,puthiyappalla kora
Tamil: Navara, Sennagarai, Navarei, karuppu Mattavan,Changarah, Kandal meen, thullu kendai
Kannada: Mudumagalu, madmal,madumagala
Telugu: chalaneera kanti, sallenganti
Other: Ruppan(bengali)Rain(gujarati)Rani(Marathi),rano krisi, bammi,
Arabic: sultan Ibrahim, hemamah, hamarah,bassi, abu sena
Katti, kolonto(in pakistan)


To view other Breams - Click here



THREADFIN BREAM
Threadfin bream a perch like fish that is found in coastal Asian waters. It is called a threadfin because of the filaments that hang from its tail.






Finletted Mackerel
See Horse Mackerel:
The torpedo scad, Megalaspis cordyla (also known as the hardtail scad, finny scad, finletted mackerel scad and cordyla scad), is a species of moderately large marine fish classified in the jack and horse mackerel family




Finned bulleye
Finned Bulleye
Malayalam: Unnimary, chuvana, chenvara
Tamil: Cheena Varai, Kakkasi
Kannada: Disco menu






Flying Fish
Flying Fish
Malyalam: kolal paravai, kola,baravi, Khola
Tamil: parava, Para Kola, Kola, Paravai Kola
Kannada: Parava menu
Thuri, Jirri(in pakistan)






Garfish
GarFish
Malayalam: Kola Meen, Kolaan, Karu thonamkunhi, Mural, kolan, Kokki(freshwater)
Tamil: Kola, Mural, Kokkimeen, Vellai murrel, moorel
Kannada: Kokkare, konti
Other: Kaikka,Kankely(bengali), tokali(Marathi) Kande toe, havu menu, tole








Goatfish
GoatFish
Malayalam: manakkam
Tamil: nagarai, navarai, kal nakharai, kulnaven
Telugu: Rahtee goolivinda
Kannada: Kurli, Purli
Arabic: hedie hammer,alu tamrah, hidi, Sultan ibrahim,kasarmala
Manori, kolonto(in Pakistan)






Greas Carp fish/ Reba Carp
Reba Carp
Malayalam: Reba, rogu
Tamil: Poorali, Coala Kendai, Aranjan Podi, Aringal
Telugu: Arju, Chittahri, Elamosa
Others:Raig, Batta(Bengali)Podha,Purha(oriya), Panjali, Rewah, Loli






Grouper(Reef Cod)
Grouper
Malayalam: Kalava, murumeen
Tamil: kalavan, panni meen, komeri, kelavan
Kannada: Guri, Gopra, Muri Meenu
Others: Bile koral
Arabic: Hammour, Semana, hader, kosher, khulkhull
Dhambo, Gisser, Klanch, Golori(in pakistan)




Grunt/Grunter bream/Silver Grunt
Grunter
Malayalam:Karukaruppan, Kurukuruppan
Kannada:Thondakappe,Thondo
Tamil: Cheri, Ghorakan, Kadichani, Kakan, Korukkai, Seraiah, Kalianthalai, komkee,Kalianthalai, Komkee, Kurumutti, Mullankra, Pullikurimeen
Telugu:Gorakka,Karuppi
Other:Karkara(marathi)
Arabic:Nagroor, Nagrur, Nakroor




Herring(5 spot)
Tamil: koimeen,nunalai


Herring

Herring(Indian)
Malayalam: Kannan Mathi




Herring gaint
Malayalam: Vallipoomen
Tamil: Mooran Kenda,Manna, Allathi, Ullahti




Hilsa/Indian shad
Hilsa or Indian Shad
Malayalam: Paluva
Tamil: Ullam, Oolum, Vengannai, Sevva
Other: Kodal Swadi, Paliya, Palasa, Mallas(kanada)Hilsa, Peddi(Vonog)( Konkani), killalu(telugu),ilisg(bangle), Chaksi(Marathi)Palwar, tikki palwar(in pakistan)




Horse Mackerel
Horse Mackrel
Horse Mackrel
Malayalam: Vankaad, Chamba, Koolipara, para, Vangada, Kanni Ayala
Tamil: Parai, Paarai, Vangada, Puli Parai, Thenga Parai, Vengadai Parai, Kilisai
Kannada: Bangada(big eye scad), Kodanate, Goukae(hard tail)
Others: Hado bangdo(Konkani)Par(Telugu)
Arabic: busaimy








Indian Scad
Indian Scad
Malayalam: Kozhiyala, Thiriyan,Vatta Kanni or Vattankanni(Big eye scad)
Tamil: Parai/Paarai. Kumara parai, Kilichai
Kannada: thidumpu
Arabic: Jinnis, Sima
Seem(in pakistan)

Different Type of scad:
Indian Scad



Jewfish(Ghol, croaker)
Jewfish
Malayalam: Kora, Manham, pallikora, Maham
Tamil: Kathalai, Panna, kopayen, Vari Kathalai,vanakathal,vellai kathalai, Kora
Telugu: pullipanna,gorasa,tella,katchelu,goraka
Kannada: Ghoti
Others: Bara Poa, Lambu(bengali)dodyaro(konkani)Poma, Goli, Balvi, Dodi, Dantya,Bengal corvine, vella jaltelle,karoos katlellr,bola
Arabic: Nagroor,shimahi
Mushka, chan, boro, tont(in Pakistan)






King Fish (some places its called Butter fish)
Kingfish - Click image for a bigger view
(For a bigger, better view click on the images)

Malyalam: Motha, kuluval mothai, kadal viral, mottah (some people call it neimeen , but neimeen is SEER fish)
Tamil: vajaram, kadal viral,batang,kuluval, Kadavara, Kadal-viral,Cuddul-verarl,Cuddal-verarl
Telugu: Vajaram, Peddah-mottah
Kannada: surmai
Other: surmai,visonu, viswon , Modasa (Gujarati) Madusa ,Muddus,sakla, Sakala (Marathi)
Sanghta, Aangh, Sanglor(in Pakistan – sindhi and balochi), Cobia(Black King fish)


Allied kingfish/Amberjack ( Seriola dumerili )
Allied kingfish/Amberjack, Punnara meen- Click image for a bigger view
Malayalam: Punnara Meen, Punnaara
Arabic: Hamam,Halwayo,Inch,Intias,Intyâs,Jibb,Sholah,Tsola
English: Allied kingfish, Amberjack, Great amberfish, Great yellowtail, Greater amberjack, Greater amberjack (German: Grosse Bernsteinmakrele) , Greater yellowtail, jenny lind, purplish amberjack, Rock salmon,Sailor's choice,Samson fish, Yellow tail



Leatherskin (Queenfish)
Leatherskin, Queenfish
Malayalam: Leather, koda
Tamil: Theera, Katta, Tol Para
Kannada: Palai-meenu
Arabic:Alsain,lihlah,Zelaa, Bassardareb
Aal, Saram,(in pakistan)




Little tunny/ Letti (refer TUNA)
Little tunny , Kawa kawa





Lizard fish
Lizard Fish
Malayam: Arranna
Tamil: Thumbili, thanni panna
Telugu: Cade mottah
Kannada: Aranai meenu
Arabic: Macarona, Abu al leban, baram
Koniari, bombala(in pakistan)






Lobster
Lobster
Malayalam: Konjan
Tamil: Singi Raal, Kalral, Singi Erali, Maaku Eral, Kal eral
Kannada: konju
Kikat, kikka(Pakistan)
Arabic: Kufea, shurkh al amaaq






Mackerel
Mackerel
Malayalam: Ayala, Aila
Tamil: kanangeluthi, Kana Kayuthai, kanaam, keluthi aila,Kumla, Augalai, Ailai, Kanangeluthi
Kannada: Bangde,Banguda, Telbangade
Telugu: Kannangadatha,kanagarthalu
Others: Bangda, Bangdo, Bangade,
Arabic: Basha, garfa,bagha
Srmai,surmaya, bangra(Pakistan)




Malabar Leaf fish
Mackerel
Malayalam: Panna karimeen,Karipidi, Chuttichi






Malabar thryssa/Malabar Anchovy
Malabar Thryssa/Malabar Anchovy
Malayalam: Manangu, Manang, Thryssa purava
Tamil: poruva, poorava, Nedum poruva
Kannada: Tharave, Larrae manangu










Malabar Trevally
Malabar Trevally  - Click for a bigger view
Malayalam: Paara
Tamil: Paarai, Thol Parai
Kannada: Kodavai, Bonke, Long fin trevally- Bonke koduvai
Arabic: Rabeeb, Sal, Jash, glaaef
Bangra, kakkar,pattar(in Pakistan)

Trevally  - Click for a bigger view







Mangrove Jack( Common name for Mangrove red snapper)
Mangrove Jack  - Click for a bigger view
Malayalam: Kalavayan
Tamil: Seppilli, Vekkattai, Thokkal, Pullikarayan Noolani






Milkfish(White Mullet)
Milk Fish  - Click for a bigger view
Malayalam: Poomeen,
Tamil: Chano chanos, Palmeen, Paal Kendai, Palai meen
Telugu: palabontha
Kannada: Hoovu menu, Hoomeenu
Arabic: Nemara, Eiffah
Ghonshi, Murru, Murra(in pakistan)





Moonfish
Moonfish - Click for a bigger view
Malayalam: Ambattan Para
Tamil: Kannadi Karel, Amattikatti, Ambattan para
Kannada: Hakkimeen
Gujarathi: Vaniani
Arabic: Halwayou





Mrigal(Cauvery White Carp)
Mrigal  - Click for a bigger view
Malayalam: Venkanda, Venkenda, Vellaranjan, Mrigal, Mrigalam, Venkata
Tamil: Mrigal, Venkendai, Venkendai, Pudukendai, Mrigala, Arinjan , Dudu Kendai, Vencandi, Mrigala, Gudu Kendai
Telugu: Arju, Yerramosu, Aruzu, Ballalamosa, Yerramosa
kannada: Mrigal, Mrigala, Dodda-arja
Other: Mrigal, Mrigala (Bengali) Mirka, Mariga, Mirrgah (Assamese) Morakhee, Nagari (Gujarati)Nain, Nainee, Narain, Mirki, Mrigal (Hindi) Mirga,Mirya, Mrigal (Marathi) Mirgali , Mirikali,Mirrga , Mirrgah (Oriya), Mori , Movakha (Punjabi)








Mullet
Grey Mullet and Red Mullet  - Click for a bigger view
Malayalam: Thiruta, maalan , Mallan, grey mullet-Thirutha, Red mullet - Kanambu
Tamil: Madavai kendai, Saala(small), Kavyangalu, velisa, Surada, madavakandai, Chiryakandai, Cheluva kandai, Gejameena kendai
Telugu: Koniga,bonthaparigi, Bontha Chepa, Kathiparego
Kannada: Male, Mala, Malu, Pare
Others: Bhangan(bengali)Hunra(in UP and bihar), Bol (in mumbai)Andawai, Boil, Parshey, shev , tali,manakai, Bata, chiryakandai,
Arabic: Biyah, maid, biah,wagena, arabi , (Red mullet: sultan Ibrahim)
Boi, meengh,tagan,mori, chhodi, pharra, murbo, mundi(in Pakistan)

Red Mullet and Indian Goatfish Difference
Red mullet and Indian goatfish (Parupeneus indicus) are often confused. The red mullets or surmullets are two species of goatfish, Mullus barbatus and Mullus surmuletus, found in the Mediterranean Sea, east North Atlantic Ocean, and the Black Sea.They are both favored delicacies in the Mediterranean, and in antiquity were "one of the most famous and valued fish".[Wiki]

Red mullet has a distinctive set of 4-5 broad, dark brown bands on the body.For a clear view check the picture with the close up of 2 mullets.Red mullet have a alternating blue and yellow lines on the head and snout, pink chin barbels with yellow tips, and blue spots in lines along the body.The red mullet is expensive since it tastes good and is easy to clean & bone.
Mullet Goatfish difference  - Click for a bigger view




Murrel (Striped snakehead; banded snakehead; common snakehead, Channa Striata)
(a freshwater fish variety known for its medicinal properties)

Murrel  - Click for a bigger view
Malayalam: Korava,Manathu kannan, Vatton, Vattudi
Tamil: Viraal, viral meen, koravai, pothi meenp
Telugu: Erramatta, mottu, mohkorava, thunda, korava
Other: Cheng (Bengali)daku(Marathi) haal, shawl, shol (Assam),Ikan aruan, haruan, ruan, tomam paya (Malaysia),
Soali (Pakistan)








Mussels
Mussels ,Kadukka - Click for a bigger view
Malayalam: kadukka, kallummakkaya, kallumakkai,kakka,kadiika, kadalkai, kalliimakai, nilakakka
Tamil: aazhi, matti,Kallikai, Pachaiali, pachchai ali, chippi
Other:pacile, Ajeer, chippi






Oyster
Oyster - Click for a bigger view
Malayalam: Kakka, miriuga, Muni
Tamil: Sippy, Sippi,niuthlut chippi,muthu sippi–empty oysrer-sippi, live oyster-kavaddi
Other:kalawan, mukta jhinuk, moti simp






Parrot fish
Parrot Fish - Click for a bigger view
Malayalam: Pacha pheesam, kizhi meen, keli meen, kolimeen
Tamil: Pachai elimeen
Kannada: Gili meenu
Arabic: Hareed, Gain, durah






Pearl spot/green chromide
Pearl Spot - Karimeen - Click for a bigger view
Malayalam: karimeen, Erimeen
Tamil: pattai, Seththa Kendai, Palincha, Karassar
Telugu: Cashimera
Others: Karimeen, kaagalsi,kaleram kagalsi, ( kalundar-in konkani), Putulkas








Perch
Perch - Click for a bigger view
Malayalam: Keeri, Kotha, Kallakeedam(Karippidi,karooppu-climbing perch)
Tamil: Kilichan, Keeli, keechan, Prachi,Palin-Kichan (Panaiyeri kendai, Paunieyri, sennal,-climbing perch))
Other: Pal(konkan), Naveri(marathi), Gahnu(oriya) (Kawai, koi,-climbing perch)
Telugu: chamallu,kataili, Baikeeli, kilipothu, ganam (Kavaiyan-climbing perch)
Kannada: keeli








Pomfret
Pomfret - Click for a bigger view
Malayalam: Aavoli, Akoli, Aakoli
Tamil: vawal, Vavwall, vaval,
Telugu: Tellachanduva(white), Nalla chanduva, Nalla sandawah(black)
Kannada: Manji, Bili Manji(silver) Kappu Manji(black)
Other: sagoti(Konkani)Paplet, chandava, halva, Saranga, poplait, chendu vallu, chanda, foli
chanda(silver), Rup Chanda(Chinese),
Arabic:zubaidy, halwayooh
Karopitho, kala-poplet, siak tighlum, kala pithoo(black)-(in pakistan)






Prawns/shrimp
Prawns. Shrimps - Click for a bigger view
Malayalam: Konch, chemmeen, Konj
Tamil: Eral, Eraal, ira
Kannada: Boli etti, etti
Other: Royyalu(Tl)jhinga,chingri,sungat,Chaha,harina,bagda,
Kalri, madak, jaira, lassa(pakistan)
Arabic: gambari

WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A PRAWN AND A SHRIMP?




Rabbit fish
Rabbit Fish - Click for a bigger view
Arabic: safi, sunafi, oran, kalloron
Kakina,mahparri(in Pakistan)






Rayfish
Ray Fish - Click for a bigger view
Malayalam: kottiva, Therandi, Tirandi, therandi
Tamil: thirukkai,
Telugu: Teki, belugiri,Tenku
Other: thorake(Kananda) Waghole(konkani), Shaplapata, Haush(Bengali)waghla, thirukkai
Pittan(pakistan)
Arabic-Luchmah,abu-safan






Red Snapper(Mangrove red snapper, river snapper, Jobfish)
Red Snapper, Sankara - Click for a bigger view
Malayalam: Pahari, Chemballi murumeen(black spot snapper)
Tamil: Sankara, Parithi vela meen, Sudhati, pulariam,sep pilli, Cheppilli, Chenganni,Thokkal,kalavai, Karuvalai, kondal, Seppilli/Noolani(Malabar Red snapper)
Kannada: Chemballi
Telugu: Thundava, Rangu, Kaliviya, Korameemu
Other:Rane, Ranga,choukya, Thamoshi(Konkani),Ratado(Guj)
Arabic:Hamra(red snapper), Neisarah (blackspot) yezak(jobfish) Umm al durais, kaleb, mergan
Hira, hiro, kunla, kanalcha(in Pakistan)






Ribbon fish/belt fish/Hairtail
Ribbon Fish, Belt fish - Click for a bigger view
Malayalam: Vaala, Thalayan, vala (boal- fresh water –attu valai)
Tamil: Vaalai,Bale, Savalai,Valai, vazhi meen (boal- fresh water –wallah)
Kannada: Pambole ,Hanbole,Saalai, pambol
Telugu: Savallu
Other: Chhuri mach, churi (Bengali)Kamble, Hambli, Baale(konkani)
Talwar, tinji, chindi(Pakistan)
Arabic:salsool, humalan




Rohu (Carp Fish)
Rohu, Rohita Carp - Click for a bigger view
Malayalam: Rohu, Rohitham
Tamil: rohu, Kannadi Kendai
Telugu: Bocha Gnadu meenu
Others: Roe, rohiti , row, Rahu, Ruee, Rui, Tapra, Dumra, Tambada masa






Sailfish (Indian sailfish)
Indian sailfish - Click for a bigger view
Malayalam: Ola-meen, Olameen
Tamil: Thalapaththu, Kopparan, Mayilmeen
Gujarathi: Kunga, Tadmachi
Marathi: Tadmasa
Arabic: Faras, Kheil al bahar




Salmon (Indian salmon/ Threadfin)
Indian Salmon, Threadfin - Click for a bigger view
Malayalam: kaalaa,kora,bameen,
Tamil: kala,kaala, Thiravalai,
Telugu: maga, Budathamaga
Kannada: Darha, Balu, Ramus
Other: Raavaas, Rawas,ravs,lakhea, Kaala,ravns,ravese, Lakhua
Arabic: Andag






Sardines(pilchard are more bony)
Indian Oil Sardine - Click for a bigger view
Malayalam: mathi, chaala(oil saradine-nalla mathi), veloori(white saradine)
Tamil: mathi,salai, Vellai Suda(White saradine), Paichalai, Kavalai, neethu Kavalai
Telugu: Kavallu, Noonakaala(Oil sardines), Noona Kavallu
Kannada: Boothai, buthai, Boige(oil saradine) Pedi, Erabai-deep bodies, Berjal Swadi-white saradine
Other: kanda,tarlo, Tarsulo(round bellied saradine) (Konkani) Haird (Marathi)Pedvey,chareeaddee,
pedi,baige,tarle,trale,tori,bhutai,
Arabic: Ooma, alfa, aida
Palli, palla, goi , mitti(in pakistan)






Sawfish
Saw Fish - Click for a bigger view
Malayalam: vakusravu
Tamil: Vela, Vezha, Uluvai
Telugu: yalla
Khari-mangar, lair, lairo, suddo, chaiti(Pakistan)
Arabic:syaf








Seer fish(Spanish mackerel)
Sear Fish - Click for a bigger view
Malayalam: naymeen,naimeen,ayokora,ayakura,
Tamil: Vanjaram,naimeem, Savara, Mavulasi, Cheela, Nettaiyan Cheela, Mavuladi
Telugu: Vanjaram,Konema
Kannada: neimeenu Arkale, Anjal, Dandi, Bawan,Ayakoorai
Other: surmai (Konkani)surma mach, surmai, ison, seela(in some places of tamil nadu),
Arabic: kanad, Chanaad khubat, derak
Kalgund, kulgun,Ghore, gore(in pakistan)








Shark
Sharks - Blue fin shark, hammer head shark , Dog Shark - Click for a bigger view
Malayalam: sraavu, choraku, Shravu
Tamil: sura,Sorrah
Kannada: thatte, balliar(tulu/kannada)
Telugu: Sora, Soraputtu
Others: mori (Konkani)Boalu, zori,sorrah,
Arabic: jargoor, gursh,lakham, walad
Mangra, Pishi kamot, sorapi pishik(Pakistan)






Silver barfish/ Dorab Wolf herring
Silver barfish
Malayalam: mulluvala, Vala
Tamil: karu vaali, Mullu Vallai, Valai
Others:Korli(Konkani), Karli, Mullibala
Arabic:Helf










Silver belly/ Pony fish/silverbelly
Silver belly, Pony fish - Click for a bigger view
Malayalam: Thali mullen, kaea, karal, mullen, nalla mullen
Tamil: kaaral podi, kaarai,thata kavel, kavel, ,karal, kara podi
Kannada: Guruku, Kurchi, kurichi
Other: Kadal bale, Kurli bale. Kodu bale(kanada) surgutta,velli (Konkani),gurkku,kampa,(khampi-(Konkani)kara(telugu)
Mith, Kaanteri, Neela punto(in pakistan)
Arabic:Saal, Geraish








Silver biddy/majorras
Silver biddy,majorras - Click for a bigger view
Tamil: uduvan,oodan,udagam, Velludan
Malayalam: pranjin,kodian purachi
Kannada: Paiya, Hole bainge,
Other: Shekti(konkan)
Arabic: badah,bedha, kass
Jerki, Mudro(in Pakistan)






Silver moony/Silver Bat fish/finger fish/diamond fish/silver moonfish
Silver moony - Click for a bigger view
Malayalam: Aakoli, Vavalmeen
Tamil: Parrandan Moolen, Purrandee
Kannada: Hakki Meenu(moonfish) , Belli menu
Girpai, Mith(in pakistan - sindhi and balochi), Chandlak(marathi)
Arabic: farsoug, Farsuk








Solefish
Malabar Sole, Tongue Sole - Click for a bigger view
Malayalam: nang, nangu, Manangu
Tamil: nangu,naaku meen, virahi, Manangu
Kannada: Nangu Lyamp ,Chirate nangu, Guddel Nangu / Nangu.
Other: Bashpata, Kukurjib(Bengali)
Telugu: korra menu
Other: lep(Konkani)moral, repti, leppe, pooli kuchi,sola,
Arabic: lisan, Al thor lesan al-baher
Muna swasoo, Phani, bans-patta, buti, swaso(Pakistan)




Squid
Squid - Click for a bigger view
Malayalam: kanava
Tamil: oosi kanawa, kanavai, kadama
Mayya, mus(in Pakistan)
Arabic:naggar








Tilapia
Tilapia - Click for a bigger view
Tamil: kari, neyyi,jilapi,jilehi,thilaepia
Arabic: boulty




Threadfin bream(refer fin bream)
Tamil: Rani menu,sankara




Tuna
Skipjack Tuna - Click for a bigger view
Malayalam: choora, chura
Tamil: soorai, vari soorai(skip jack) mas choora
Kannada: Gedare(Skip jack) Peepa, kedar, gedar, Surai menu(little tuna, kawakawa)
Other: chura,choora,toona,bugudi,tokke,kawakawa (little tuna)
Arabic: taban, tuban, shiriwa,zainoop
Pakistan: Chuki, chunki, Dawan, ulus(kawakawa)kishki(skip jack)

Identify Albacore, Atlantic Bonito, Bigeye, Blackfin Tuna, Kawakawa, Little Tunny, Pacific Bonito and Yellowfin Tuna






Turbot
Indian Turbot - Click for a bigger view
Malayalam: Manthal, Aayiram Pali
Tamil: Potha, Pothal, Erumei-Nakku
Telugu: Dodda Nangu, Kolli Nangu , Noree-Nalaka
Other: Kuppa machli, Haro Jeeb (Gujarati) Bhakas (Marathi)
Hajam, dandani, kochuk(Pakistan)
Arabic: Kubzet al bahar,madas
Indian Spiny Turbot,Indian Halibut,Indian Turbot (English)



Halibut
A halibut is a type of flatfish from the family of the right-eye flatfish
The Turbot is a left-eyed flatfish








Vela
Vela - Click for a bigger view
Malayalam: velavu,vella para
Tamil: vela meen




Wahoo
Wahoo - Click for a bigger view
Malayalam: Ayakoora
Ghore, gore, yahoo(in Pakistan)






White fish/false trevally
(For image refer Malabar Trevally)

White fish, False trevally - Click for a bigger view
Malayalam: parava, Kuthuppu, Paravas, Kadu
Tamil: neer suthumbu, sudumhu, Guthippu
Telugu: Sadumi
Bukko, chilanker(in pakistan)






Whiting/ Indian whiting/lady fish/sillago
Ladyfish, Sillago - Click for a bigger view
Malayalam: poozhan,noongal, poovan, nangol, cudeerah
Tamil: kilangan, kelangan,kilachi, kelakkan
kannada: Kane, nogli
O :kisu fish,mudoshi (Konkani), Tular dandi(lady fish) kane, nogli, murdosh, kilanganan
Viat, Mushk, Bhambor, Hashoor(in pakistan)
Arabic: hassom






Yellowfin tuna
Yellow fin Tuna - Click for a bigger view
Malayalam: valliya chura, poovan choora
Tamil: keerai
Kannada: Kedar, Sooral menu
Arabic: gaider, thamad







Reference:

www.mpeda.com/
www.fishbase.net/
zipcodezoo.com/
www.biosearch.in/
www.eol.org/
fishinfo.siffs.in/main/index.php (Maalayalam and tamil)
fishesinkerala.blogspot.com/ (names in malayalam)
risikan.lkim.gov.my/ikan/Spesisikan.htm (Malaysian Market)
habitatnews.nus.edu.sg/guidebooks/marinefish/picslist.htm (Singapore)
parisaramahiti.kar.nic.in (Karnataka fisheries)
www.stuartxchange.org/FishNames.html (Philippine )
www.uae.gov.ae/uaeagricent/fisheries/photo_fish_en.stm (For UAE MARKET)
http://www.enhg.org/alain/phil/fish/fish.htm
www.saudi-fisheries.com/EN/Company/Products/ (Saudi Arabian Market)
www.ycfml.com/yemenfish.htm (Yemen)
www.omanfisheries.com/ (Oman)
www.agri-history.org/pdf/fish_article.pdf (In sanskrit)
http://fishindex.blogspot.com/2009/04/convict-cichlid-amatitlania.html
http://agritech.tnau.ac.in/fishery/commercial%20fish_india.pdf




268 comments:

«Oldest   ‹Older   201 – 268 of 268   Newer›   Newest»
Anonymous said...

thanks you boss.
Great work

Wildbrain said...

Wonderful work. Very very useful. Can you tell me what Indian fish (Malayalam name) is equivalent to BASA fish from Vietnam.
I have also seen a silvery flat fish with its mouth on the side. They sold it to me as Butter Fish -- very soft and tasty flesh. Local people (Ernakulam area) told me it is called "Odupuri". Do you know what this is.
Hope to hear from you soon. M.M.Mohan, Ernakulam.

Wildbrain said...

With reference to my posting above, you may please reply to my emai, pennymohans445@gmail. com

Thank you.

M.M.Mohan, Ernakulam

Anonymous said...

Excellent work done by the author...
Some I can add here for Odia names
Snakehead - Seula
Salmon - Saahal
Sardine - Kokali
Mullet - Pohala(fresh water version)/ Menjia(Chilika version)(Not sure here)
Cat fish - Magura, Suungaa
Climbing Perch - Kau machha
Eel - Todi
Trout fish - Baalia
Sand eel - Baligarada
Crab - Kankada

Rajesh said...

Great work...appreciated.

Anonymous said...

Good job.

Mathews Thomas said...

Excellent information.Thanks a lot.M

prashanth nani said...

Great work...really helpful. But names of TongueSole and Redsnapper fishes in telugu is wrongly written as "Korrameenu". Toungue sole in telugu is "Naaluka chepa" or "Naaluka". Actually Korrameenu fish is not mentioned in the entire list. Please do upload the name of Korrameenu fish in English.

Satya The power of purity said...

Really helpful and great content. very nice to see all south languages as well.
Please keep adding to the list

Anonymous said...

Amazing compilation - thanks!

Anonymous said...

Dude you are awesome

Poojary Yogesh said...

Nice Blog Thanks to sharing
Budget Hotel Booking
Dubai Hotels

Anonymous said...

Excellllllllllllent work (y)

gauri said...

very useful. I have noted down the names of the fish

Anonymous said...

What is the difference between King mackerel, Seer fish and Queen fish, or are they all the same? Again why are both cuttle fish and squid called kanava in Malayalam.
Any cue?

anoop said...

brilliant work , nice research..thanks for sharing the info.

anapu kamesh said...

thanks so much

Prasad said...

Could u let me know what is the English name for a fish which is called Dhada in Mumbai markets

Anonymous said...

Good Work, i really appreciate your passion and work.

Thanks

rightergeorge said...

A m a z i n g !

ben said...

What is ola kodiyan(in malayalam) fish in english?

Madanan said...

Great work. Very much helpful.

Anonymous said...

good work....as it is helping us to figure out the fish we are going to eat or want to eat.

Ricky Jurk said...

Please Visit Our Site For Business:-
The new york city water tour is an unconventional and whole new touring package that brings for you different locations covered within the country. With the help of Manhattan island boat tour any tourist can view different places or exotic locations all at ease with ease. It is all due to the comfort and ease of such boat services that is gaining popularity these days.

Anonymous said...

excellent! do include arabic name for king fish... a very popular fish in the middle east!

Anonymous said...

Dude.. amazing work.. keep it up

Vrushali Kulkarni said...

Can anyone please tell what type is the fish called Phalai/ Falai. It is white but non flaky, sturdy fish, very tasty and can be cut in large steaks of even 300 to 400 gms size. Somewhat like swordfish in taste.

ben said...

What is Olakodiyan fish in english?
Mum cooked pickles with this fish and loved it.

akkshaya gopalakrishnan said...

soooooo useful. i ll use it as a dictionary wen it comes to fish. Thanks.

ravi dhar said...

This list is inexhaustible and covers almost all of the fishes in so many languages..truly a great job done collating all this information and putting it up here for everyone's reference. Thanks.

Anonymous said...

Better you consult with experts...most of the fish names are wrong........

siva said...

xcellent one nice work up

Anonymous said...

Kollam chetta...sammathichu thannirikkunnu

Krishna Rao said...

me krishna
plz help me to convert these names telgu
sole,puti,morola,amida,gol,kolsa,koi,chada,koira these are bengali names can you plz help me to translate these names in telgu
my email adress krishnapallavi47@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

'Gizzard Shad' what this fish known in Malayalam?
Please reply

Anonymous said...

Very good information about fishes. Wondering, if someone can tell which fish has less bones or no bones. Thanks

Anonymous said...

its an useless effort if the result is crap...yours is a fine example of that ...almost all the fish names you have taken are wrong... (i know names in bengali and kannada) .... do your research properly before posting, else just write down and paste it on your drawing room wall.

Gudeg Lalas said...

Banteng88 | Agen Bola | Agen Judi | Agen Sbobet
Agen Bola
Agen Judi Online
Agen SBOBET
Agen IBCBET
Agen CASINO
Poker Online
Agen Judi Terpercaya
Prediksi Bola
Bandar Judi
Bandar Bola
Judi Online
Bola Online

Anonymous said...

disco ki jai

John Wilking said...

Great Thanks

Anonymous said...

Great effort. totally appreciated :)

Anonymous said...

any haters out there.... if you find a mistake, point it out with appropriate reference. dont come around to shit on stuff others appreciate.

to the author: I totally appreciated your blog on this topic and also the quality of pictures and commercial free site.

Thanks.

Raj said...

Wow...what a valuable information about fishs...Good Job

Anonymous said...

I am currently living in Bangalore and basically from Tamilnadu. I was much worried about the fish names because of language reasons.

Thanks a lot for your fabulous work.

Raji said...

Great work! Thank you very much!

Supriyo Das said...

The data here is definitely unresearched or incorrect.. Butterfish - is certainly not "Pabda" in Bengali - least of all "Pabda Jhol"... :)

"Jhol" by the way is any gravy based recipe :)

Unknown said...

Thank you for compiling this list!

Anonymous said...

Hi great job, hats off, you really made out lives easy ! Thank you so much

Anonymous said...

Does anyone know the english name for the kerala fish ERI?

Tanisha Singh said...

I thought about trying this recipe but it looked complicated so I just ordered it form restaurant. Result was a solid and taste is like wow. Chinese and Indian restaurant

Anonymous said...

Awesome !! Thanks a ton. I can't ask for more but I still ask if you know what would we call Halibut in Telugu and let me know if we can get them in India/Hyderabad.

Sudha Vetri said...

Fantastic job. Thanks a lot.

Anonymous said...

This is extremely help. Appreciate the effort.
Will be great service if it's updated periodically

Avishek Halder said...

Thank you so much dude.....you have done a incredible job........

Thuc Nguyen said...

Great article. I read this article properly. This is one of the best posts. Thanks sharing this article
Teefury , Redbubble uk , Spreadshirt us , tshirthell coupon , threadless coupon , Teespring us , Teepublic coupon code , 80stees coupon

Elango said...

Very useful blog, thank you so much!

Anonymous said...

i want to know the real or english name of this तिलपिया मछली. I am not able to find this fish name in ur blog.

Ananthakumar Sivasubramanian said...

Awesome, Great work. Very Helpful.

DC Blogs said...

Thank you so much, you have done a great job.

Selvakumar said...

Excellent work...

sushil said...

Good job! I think catfish is commonly called murugodu in kannada. Please tell me the other name for the kannada name surgi meenu/fish.
Thanking you
Sushil n d
sushilgowda@hotmail.com

Aarti Pawar said...

Being a Bengali, sometimes I go crazy when I have to buy fish in Mumbai. As I know the fish my Bengali names, the people do not understand them. Fortunately, I found this blog where the author has mentioned all the Indian names of the fish. Its clear. However, I do not have to struggle more as I buy from Hamviseafoods.

sharvin zlife said...

Awesome.. amazing article for fish namesauce. Thanks a lot 😊

kevin said...

Nice to see this fish gallery I have search for fish information. I finally found it here with name of the fish. I would like to discuss more about this thanks for sharing.
Regards,
Kevin - Clark Boats

Unknown said...

Great work. Helpful for NRIs.. God bless you..

Anonymous said...

climbing perch

Anonymous said...

This is very helpful.

Anonymous said...

This is very helpful

«Oldest ‹Older   201 – 268 of 268   Newer› Newest»
Download Printable Documents of site at
Btn_red_122x44
.