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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 (Raja Rani)
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
Golden Anchovies Mandeli
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

    • Ajay Palekar
      January 23, 2018 at 5:02 am

      King fish

  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?

    • Shital
      February 26, 2018 at 3:24 pm

      Smelt fish is known as Motkaa in Marathi and Motiyali in Konkani

      • preetul
        March 5, 2018 at 5:45 am

        Thanks a lot Shital for sharing the information!

  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..

    • Dr. Rajiv Bhatkar
      June 27, 2016 at 7:22 pm

      Sorry for late reply.
      Rani fish is called goatfish in English and its generic name is Upeneus. There are several species in this genus. Don’t know exactly which species you used in your laboratory studies, but most probably it could either be U. sulphureus (Sulphur goatfish) or U. vittatus (Striped goatfish).
      Dr. Rajiv Bhatkar

  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.

    • Dr. Rajiv Bhatkar
      June 27, 2016 at 11:05 am

      Dicentrarchus labrax (European seabass)

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


    what is English name ?

    • Dr. Rajiv Bhatkar
      June 27, 2016 at 11:09 am

      Hello Irshad
      Komat is local name of Asian Seabass (Lates calcarifer). This name is more popular in Shreevardhan area of Raigad district and north Ratnagiri. In other parts of Raigad, it is known as Jitada. In yet some other parts of the district, it is also called khajoora or goori.
      Dr. Rajiv Bhatkar

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

    Plz tell me the English name of Mangoor fish.

    • Dr. Rajiv Bhatkar
      June 27, 2016 at 11:03 am

      Hello Pratima
      What is called generally as mangoor or magur fish in India is Clarias batrachus, a southeast Asian species. But the true “mangoor” or “magur” is a highly threatened species Clarias magur found in basins of Ganga and Bramhaputra rivers of India, Nepal, Bhutan and Bangladesh. Both species of Clarias are known as walking catfishes.
      Dr. Rajiv Bhatkar

  27. May 22, 2016 at 12:44 pm

    Please tell me the name of KHIRAD fish in English.

  28. Mahendra
    June 23, 2016 at 7:43 pm

    What is the name for toll massa? the fish has greenish blue bones or kaanta

    • Dr. Rajiv Bhatkar
      June 27, 2016 at 10:52 am

      Hello Mahendra
      The name of “toll” fish in English is needlefish. They belong to family Belonidae. There are 6 species of needlefishes found in Indian waters.
      Hope this satisfies your query.
      Dr. Rajiv Bhatkar

  29. Yuvraj Shinde
    July 18, 2016 at 5:14 am

    thanks a lot
    Can you please tell English name of
    सुरमई – Surmai

    • Dr. Rajiv Bhatkar
      July 25, 2016 at 9:56 am

      Hello Yuvraj Shinde
      English name of surmai is seerfish which belong to the genus Scomberomorous and family Scombridae. Five different species of seer fish occur in Indian waters out of which 3 are called as “surmai”.

      Dr. Rajiv Bhatkar

  30. July 23, 2016 at 4:44 pm

    What is the english name for:

    नदीचे कटावे (called in marathi)?

    • preetul
      July 25, 2016 at 5:15 am

      Can anyone help Sumegh?

    • Dr. Rajiv Bhatkar
      July 25, 2016 at 6:00 am

      Sumegh, is it possible to upload a photo of this fish called नदीचे कटावे? Which part of Maharashtra is it found?

  31. Sumi
    July 31, 2016 at 8:37 am

    can any 1 help with parts of fish is marathi

    • Dr. Rajiv Bhatkar
      August 1, 2016 at 4:39 am

      Sumi, I’m not sure what exactly you want to know. Can you please be more specific?
      Dr. Rajiv Bhatkar

  32. Namita
    September 12, 2016 at 4:13 am

    Hello Dr. Bhatkar, could you tell me the Hindi name for Plaice fish? Thanks

    • Dr. Rajiv Bhatkar
      September 22, 2016 at 1:19 pm

      Hello Ms. Namita
      Plaice are flatfishes found in North America and Europe. True plaices are not found in India. We have their counterparts over here such as the soles and halibuts. The scientific name of the Indian halibut is Psettodes erumei. I’m not sure about its Hindi name but the Marathi name is “bhakas” (भाकस).
      Soles are called “Lep” (लेप) in Marathi.

  33. shubham sutar
    September 18, 2016 at 7:05 am

    can u tell me name of saundale fish in english?

    • Dr. Rajiv Bhatkar
      September 22, 2016 at 1:26 pm

      Hello Shubham Sutar
      Saundala (सॊन्दाळा), a popular fish on the Konkan coast, is called “false trevally” in English and its scientific name is Lactarius lactarius.
      Hope this is useful.

      • Finney
        April 15, 2017 at 10:30 am

        Thank You So much Dr. Rajiv Bhatkar,

        I searched multiple websites but could not find out this name.

  34. September 26, 2016 at 11:49 am

    Would like you to add one more to ur extensively mainatined list:
    Squids –> Maakli

    • preetul
      September 27, 2016 at 4:13 am

      Thanks Ian

    • preetul
      September 27, 2016 at 4:14 am

      Ian in Marathi, for we cal Kajeli to Squids.

    • March 2, 2017 at 11:11 am

      Squids is called null Makul. . . . & octopus is makul !!!!

      • preetul
        March 3, 2017 at 5:31 am

        Thanks a lot Moshim for inputs!

  35. soman g k
    November 6, 2016 at 5:03 pm

    what is marathi name for lady fish whitish silver colour, some what round in shape

    • Dr. Rajiv Bhatkar
      January 2, 2017 at 1:06 pm

      Ladyfish, also called as tenpounder, is called as चिरया, शोनास or दांदीळि in Marathi. Scientific name is Elops machnata. Distribution: Indo-Pacific, Persian Gulf, Red Sea to South Africa and inland waters of Africa.

  36. soman
    November 30, 2016 at 6:10 am

    marathi name for haddock fish

    • Dr. Rajiv Bhatkar
      January 2, 2017 at 8:14 am

      Haddock (Melanogrammus aeglefinus) is found in North Atlantic waters but not in Indian waters. Therefore, there’s no Marathi name for this fish.

  37. soman
    November 30, 2016 at 6:11 am

    halibut in marathi

    • Dr. Rajiv Bhatkar
      January 2, 2017 at 9:29 am

      Like haddocks, even true halibuts or right-eye flounders (Hippoglossus spp.) are found only in Pacific and Atlantic waters but not in India. But we have a fish called the Indian spiny turbot which is also called the Indian halibut. Its scientific name is Psettodes erumei and Marathi name is भाकस

  38. December 3, 2016 at 12:59 pm

    What is a lekaru fish called in english

    • Dr. Rajiv Bhatkar
      January 2, 2017 at 8:06 am

      I haven’t heard of a fish called Lekaru in Marathi but I know about हेकरु? If you’re asking about हेकरु it is the Spinycheek Grouper (Epinephelus diacanthus). Also called गोबरा in Marathi.

  39. Zee
    December 20, 2016 at 6:31 pm

    what is the English name of Daada fish found in konkan maharashtra

    • Dr. Rajiv Bhatkar
      January 2, 2017 at 1:16 pm

      Daada or Dadha or Dara (in Gujarati) is Indian threadfin, belonging to the family Polynemidae (threadfins) which includes the Fourfinger threadfin or Rawas (रावस). Its scientific name is Leptomelanosoma indicum.

  40. Suhas Khade
    December 29, 2016 at 9:05 pm

    What is the English as well as scientific name for dok masa found in ditches and ponds in marathwada

  41. asha
    January 3, 2017 at 12:47 pm

    what is the difference between surma and surmai

    • preetul
      January 5, 2017 at 4:44 am

      Surmai: Its called king mackerel or popularly (spotted) seer fish.very Well known.

      According to my search, Surma is not that famous.I thinks in not salt water fish.

  42. January 12, 2017 at 10:31 am

    nice info,but will be more better if you can give snap along with name,anyway thanks.

  43. Mastani
    January 16, 2017 at 2:07 pm

    Please tell me english name of levta fish.

  44. Cheryl
    January 17, 2017 at 7:07 pm

    Thanks! This list is very helpful and a quick reference point

  45. sanketa parkar
    February 26, 2017 at 9:50 am

    It’s a very helpful for ppl who doesn’t know the name for fish I would like to know what is the name for Mori in English. Plz let me know

    • sandeep
      November 12, 2017 at 7:47 am

      Mori is baby shark

      • preetul
        December 1, 2017 at 5:47 am

        Thanks Sandeep for sharing

  46. Rohan
    February 27, 2017 at 9:52 pm

    What to call BASA in marathi

    • preetul
      March 1, 2017 at 4:18 am

      As per my knowledge, Basa is called Basa only.
      Its not regular indian fish rather its famous in fish farming.

  47. alisah
    March 3, 2017 at 5:19 am

    please can you tell me: smelt fish called in marathi

  48. Krishna
    March 3, 2017 at 5:59 am

    Please tell me what is mandeli fish In malayalam

  49. Zainab
    March 11, 2017 at 3:26 pm

    What is ekdu fish called?

  50. May 8, 2017 at 10:13 am

    I am always wrong with the fish names in Marathi. I ask for one fish in the market, and get shocked to get something else in return. Thanks to the author of the blog, now I can memorize English and Marathi names of fish and get the right fish from the locals.

  51. Tushar
    July 10, 2017 at 10:50 pm

    Jitada names in english?

    • Dr. Rajiv Bhatkar
      October 21, 2017 at 1:03 am

      Asian Sea Bass (Lates calcarifer)

      • preetul
        October 23, 2017 at 8:56 am

        Thanks Dr. Rajiv for inputs

  52. Alisha Simanto Mondal
    September 7, 2017 at 5:35 am

    nice names

  53. pooja ashok yadav
    October 1, 2017 at 10:12 am

    English name means scientific name na?

    • Dr. Rajiv Bhatkar
      October 21, 2017 at 1:09 am

      No. English names mean the names of the fish in English language. Scientific names are in Latin language.
      Example: “बोंबिल” in Marathi is “Bombay Duck” in English while its scientific name is “Harpadon nehereus”

  54. pratham
    October 2, 2017 at 5:39 am

    what is scientific name of khapi fish which found in konkan.

  55. pratham
    October 2, 2017 at 5:41 am

    aslo 2. white verle 3. pedava 4. soundale

    • Dr Rajiv
      December 5, 2017 at 9:26 am

      White verle, don’t know.
      Pedave = Sardinella longiceps or S. fimbriata
      Soundala = Lactarius lactarius

      • preetul
        December 6, 2017 at 6:23 am

        Thank you so much for your contribution Dr Rajiv!

  56. shoeb khatri
    October 21, 2017 at 10:37 am

    Whats the name of RAJA &RANI FISH IN ENGLISH

    • Dr Rajiv
      December 5, 2017 at 8:39 am

      Shoab bhai, I don’t know about Raja, but Rani or Chidi is Japanese Threadfin Bream (Nemipterus japonicus)

  57. November 19, 2017 at 6:41 am

    We find a black fish looks like pomphret in Backwaters of Karli River near Malvan, we call it Kalundra Fish. What’s its English name?

    • preetul
      December 1, 2017 at 5:56 am

      I really don’t know about the fish, but i found that it is also called Pearlspot / Kaloo / Kalu.
      I got following kalundra images and names referenced from another blog.

      • Dr Rajiv
        December 5, 2017 at 8:26 am

        Yes, this is Pearlspot (Etroplus suratensis). However, savitarima has mentioned that it looks like a pomfret, but Pearspot doesn’t look like a pomfret..

      • December 5, 2017 at 12:33 pm

        Right. Thank you for sharing. Checked the images, its the same.

    • Dr Rajiv
      December 5, 2017 at 8:24 am

      Can you upload a photo of the fish which you want to identify?

  58. December 15, 2017 at 6:38 am

    Can someone please tell me the English names for these fish:
    Pedvey, Tarli, Verley, Pabda

    And Marathi names for: Bigeye trevally

  59. Sanket ghadi
    December 23, 2017 at 6:34 pm

    Which fish is called tol in Marathi plz

  60. Ashok Pradhan
    January 23, 2018 at 1:32 am

    Thanks for instant reference. I carry this when I go to fish market. Please include Ghol in English.
    Trouble taken are duly acknowledgee

  61. Ranjit Ajgaonkar
    March 5, 2018 at 9:54 am

    Dr. Bhatkar, your name indicates your origins are from Goa. Whilst in Vasco, I had come across one exotic fish served in local restaurants. Its called ‘CHANAK’ OR ‘CHONAK’. I dont find it here in Mumbai ( or may be it is known by a different name here ). Could you please throw some light ?
    Also can you tell me the difference between, Shell Fish & Khube – if any ? One more specimen in that catagory is called ‘Fennani’
    Plsd to hear.

  62. Ayesha raees
    March 18, 2018 at 1:39 pm

    This was an amazing information . was of great help. Thanks

  63. krishna
    April 21, 2018 at 5:37 am

    what is pearlspot called in marathi, is it Kalunder in konkani

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