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Fish names in English and Marathi

Hi, Most of the time, I visit any restaurant famous for seafood,get confused with fish names mentioned in menu.So i googled it and find usually available fish in Indian ocean. So I would like to put the reference names of fish.

Fish and Other Sea  Foods



Anchovy India Kati
Bhetki Khajura
Bombay Duck Bombil,Bummalo
Catfish Shingala
Catfish Fresh Water Shingala
Catfish Pungas
Crab Khekra
Eel Vam,Bale
Eel Fresh Water Ahir
Red Snapper Tambusa
Ribbon Fish Bala,Pitiurkti,Pitiwagti
Rohu Carp Variety Tambada Massa
Salmon Indian Rawas
Sardine Padwa,Washi
Sardine  Oil Torli,Haid
Sawfish Kandere
Seer Tuvar Anjari
Seer Mahasole Khadchi,Masta,Mahsala
Herring Giant Bhing
Herring Indian
Hilsa Fish Pala
Indian Whiting Murdi
Jewfish Ghol
Katla Tambra
Lobster Shevand
Mackerel Bangada
Mackerel Horse Labi
Mango Fish Dodywa,Rawas
Mullet Marine Mangin Boir
Pearl Spot
Pomfret black Halwa
Pomfret Silver Chandava,Saranga,Pomplet
Prawns Kolbi
Ray Goval Pakat
Shark Fresh Water Shivda,Pari,Puram
Shark Hammer Headed Zori,Kanare
Shark River Waghsheer
Silver Barfish Karli,Datali
Silver Belly Surgutta,Katali,Titaka
Skate Lang,Pakat
Snake Headed Fish Daku
Sole Sohr(Lape ,Lepa)
Sole Malabar Repti,Shivra
Tuna Kupa
Seer fish Surmai
Turbot Indian(Yellowfin Tuna) Kuppa or Gedar
  1. Abdul Mudabir
    June 6, 2012 at 6:00 am

    Great work!! we hail from ratnagiri n whenever i’ve taken mom out for a sea-food treat here in the city, we’ve had trouble ordering for the right one in english.. this should help.. by the way.. my mom also mentions that she loves “morvasa” fish.. would you by any chance be able to find out the english name for this one? thx

  2. June 8, 2012 at 7:00 pm

    plz tell me the English names of the followin fish variety (found in sion koliwada fish market-mumbai)
    baikii or baikee

    • Shailendra karekar
      February 1, 2013 at 8:35 am

      s karekar

      jawala is baby lobsters ,
      tarali and not takal is sardine fish
      rane is red snapper (raja rani )


      • preetul
        February 4, 2013 at 6:47 am

        Thanx a lot Shailendra!

      • Shailendra karekar
        April 3, 2013 at 8:22 am

        i want to know english and local names of following fishes
        1)toki fish this fish has long tapered mouth
        2)modale fish : this fish is transparent

      • Dr. Rajiv Bhatkar
        June 5, 2014 at 1:36 pm

        Shailendra Karekar……..Jawla are not baby lobsters. Although both jawla and lobsters are decapod crustaceans, they belong to different sub-orders and families. Jawla belongs to the genus Acetes and its correct scientific name is Acetes indicus. Whereas, lobsters belong to the family Homaridae which include many genera. The ones found on Maharashtra coast are rock lobsters (Panulirus homarus) and sand lobsters (Thenus orientalis).

    • Dr. Rajiv Bhatkar
      June 5, 2014 at 1:38 pm

      Onkar…..The English name of “sakala” is Cobia (Rachycentron canadum)

  3. Catina Geerken
    November 21, 2012 at 1:48 pm

    When it comes to seafoods, i really love shelfish and shrimps.

  4. usha
    June 27, 2013 at 10:44 am

    english name for dev masa

    • preetul
      June 28, 2013 at 11:06 am

      Blue whale

  5. dilip
    September 27, 2013 at 5:53 pm

    what do you call ‘surmai’ in english?

    • Prakash
      October 15, 2013 at 5:04 am

      Surmai or Viswan is called Seer in English

  6. preetul
    October 1, 2013 at 11:21 am

    Its called king mackerel or popularly (spotted) seer fish.
    It is known by various names, such as Surmai (सुरमई) in Marathi, Vanjaram(వంజరం) in Telugu,Vanjaram NeiMeen (நெய்மீன்) in Tamil, NeiMeen (നെയ്മീന്‍) in Malayalam, Anjal (ಅಂಜಲ್) in Tulu, Arkoli (ಅರ್ಕೊಲಿ) in Kannada, Iswaan in Konkani and Thora in Sinhala.

    • Prakash
      October 15, 2013 at 5:07 am

      Mackerel is called Bangda in Marathi. King Mackerel is a giant cousin of Mackerel which is found in Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico. I doubt it is caught near India.

  7. Prakash
    October 15, 2013 at 5:09 am

    Sardine is also called Tarle in Marathi

  8. Ajay
    November 22, 2013 at 2:34 pm

    Does anyone know a fish named Rohiya(local name) found in Mumbai sea,which is oily to touch & has human-like look?

  9. unmesh karekar
    December 11, 2013 at 10:51 am

    thank u very much.i would also like to know what ola jawla or sukat and surmai is called in English.

    • preetul
      March 20, 2014 at 3:47 am

      surmai is Seer fish

    • preetul
      March 20, 2014 at 3:47 am

      jawala is baby lobsters

      • Dr. Rajiv Bhatkar
        June 5, 2014 at 1:37 pm

        Preetul……..Jawla are not baby lobsters. Although both jawla and lobsters are decapod crustaceans, they belong to different sub-orders and families. Jawla belongs to the genus Acetes and its correct scientific name is Acetes indicus. Whereas, lobsters belong to the family Homaridae which include many genera. The ones found on Maharashtra coast are rock lobsters (Panulirus homarus) and sand lobsters (Thenus orientalis).

      • preetul
        June 6, 2014 at 3:32 am

        Thanx Dr. Bhatkar for clarification.

  10. preetul
    March 20, 2014 at 3:49 am

    Today found few more new things:
    Clalms is for Shimpi.
    For Kalwa its – Oysters
    mud skippers – निवट

  11. preetul
    June 21, 2014 at 3:43 am

    One Sweet water fish that I cannot miss: Tilapia (Silon, Kurla mavra), also known as St. Peter’s fish. Tilapia has been harvested since the time of Ancient Egypt.

    • Dr. Rajiv Bhatkar
      June 21, 2014 at 5:25 am

      Tilapia is a name applied to a broad category of Cichlid fishes and they include several other genera. Besides the genus “Tilapia” itself, they also have synonyms like “Sarotherodon”, “Oreochromis”, etc.

      • preetul
        June 23, 2014 at 5:17 pm

        Thanx Dr. Bhatkar for sharing the informaton.

  12. cbhattacharjee
    August 29, 2014 at 12:21 pm

    Hilsa is not Pala. Pala / Bhing are close relative of hilsa and dont taste the same, only look similar.
    Hilsa is Ilish in Bengali and no similar fish in Maharashtra

    • preetul
      August 30, 2014 at 1:00 pm

      Thanks cbhattacharjee for sharing information.

  13. jeswill
    November 25, 2014 at 8:24 am

    Good collection. Handy to know.

  14. Bhushan
    January 17, 2015 at 5:31 pm

    What is Herring Fish called in Hindi & Marathi

    • preetul
      January 18, 2015 at 9:26 am

      Herring fish is famously called Palla fish in Mumbai.
      Palla fish, Hilsha, Ellis, Ilish Bengali: ইলিশ Ilish Oriya: ଇଲିଶି Ilishii Sindhī: پلو مڇي Pallu Machhi Telugu: పులస and Pulasa or Polasa. The ilish word is also used in India’s Assamese-, Bengali-, Oriya- and Telugu-speaking regions and in Pakistan’s Sindh province. In Gujarat it is known as either Modenn or Palva and the English word is Hilsa.

  15. Viraj A
    January 29, 2015 at 1:56 pm

    Any idea what the following fish are called in marathi ” Plaice & Tilapia”

  16. sam
    March 26, 2015 at 3:54 pm

    what is smelt fish known in marathi?

  17. shams
    June 8, 2015 at 6:32 am

    Can anyone tell english name for “Jitada fish” ??

    • preetul
      June 9, 2015 at 3:19 am

      I think Jitada fish is called as Asian Sea Bass in English.
      In western coast, we called the fish as Khajoori Fish.

  18. Anil Kottantharayil
    August 1, 2015 at 2:40 pm

    I am looking for Tilapia fish frys for cultivation in a garden water tank. Not interested in the ornamental types. Want it for food! Could anyone advise me on where to buy them in Mumbai? Thanks for any help in this regard.

    • preetul
      August 11, 2015 at 3:45 am

      Anil, I don’t have any idea about it, but will let you know If I get any information.

    • Dr. Rajiv Bhatkar
      August 11, 2015 at 6:02 am

      Anilji, I am an aquaculture consultant and I am currently handling 3 Tilapia projects. I can guide you in obtaining good quality Tilapia seed (possibly the Nile variety). Please get in touch with me on email: rajivbhatkar@hotmail.com

      • preetul
        August 25, 2015 at 9:28 am

        Dr. Rajiv, where are your Tilpia projects based on? Can you share some information?

  19. September 4, 2015 at 5:46 pm

    Informative piece as well as the comments!:)
    Could someone guide about what Rani masa is called in english, and the scientific name for it?
    We used it in our lab to isolate bioluminiscent bacteria from it and need the name for filing a report..

  20. sachin khade
    September 13, 2015 at 10:58 am

    Nice collection.
    i want to know english name of chilapi found in ujani dam abundantly

    • preetul
      September 14, 2015 at 4:55 am

      After searching i found that chilapi fish is called as Tilapia fish in trade.
      Ref: Wiki
      Plz Correct me if I am wrong.

  21. nikhil mali
    October 28, 2015 at 4:41 pm

    salute for your effort….

  22. Kevin
    February 29, 2016 at 3:54 am

    Can someone tell me what is a morshu or morsho fish called in English, I heard this name in the fish market in goa, I’m assuming in konkani or Marathi.

  23. dr vigitha rajeev
    March 9, 2016 at 5:54 am

    does any know the english name of therachi fish(malayalam)

    • preetul
      March 9, 2016 at 3:56 pm

      Hello Dr. Vigitha,
      I got following data after searching. Not able to confirm as I don’t know either languages.
      Ray Fish, Whip Tail Sting Ray
      : Thirukkai,Therachi(Tamil)
      Kottiva, Therandi(Malayalam)

  24. naomi
    April 21, 2016 at 1:42 pm

    what do you call branzino in marathi

    • preetul
      April 22, 2016 at 8:35 am

      Naomi, This fish is common in Europe, mostly Italy and Spain and nearby countries, I doubt anybody know about it much in Mumbai, Maharashtra.

  25. Irshad
    April 29, 2016 at 10:06 am


    what is English name ?

  26. pratima
    May 21, 2016 at 5:25 pm

    Plz tell me the English name of Mangoor fish.

  27. May 22, 2016 at 12:44 pm

    Please tell me the name of KHIRAD fish in English.

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