Fish Names – English to Malayalam Translation

fish names translation

 

While living in Kerala, I never had to and never bothered to know the english names of all the fishes we got there. After moving to the US, I did spend some time searching and learning about the english names of the fishes. If you are someone new to North America or going out of Kerala, you might find this helpful. These are some of the common fishes that are found in the fish market. If you know more fish names and their english to malayalam translation, please do share with me. Thanks!

  • Anchovy: Netholi or Kozhuva
  • Asian Seabass or Barramundi: Kalanji
  • Barracuda: Cheelavu
  • Bigeye Scad / Selar Scad: Potaan Paara
  • Boal Fish: Attu Vaala / Malli
  • Black Snapper: Karipetti
  • Black Leather Jacket: Adu
  • Butter Fish: Punnarameen
  • Cat fish: Etta Koori
  • Chinese Rohu: Kayal Chemballi
  • Clam Meat: Kakka
  • Cobia: Motha
  • Crab: Njandu
  • Eel: Aral / Aran
  • False Travelly: Parava
  • False Pony Fish: Parava Mullan
  • False Silver Biddy: Keshakkan Pranjil
  • Garfish: Kola
  • Giant Danio: Paral
  • Grey Mullet: Thirutha
  • Grouper / Reef Cod: Kalava
  • Horse Mackerel: Ayala Para
  • Indian Halibut: Ayiram Palli
  • Indian Scad: Vatta Kanni / Thiriyan
  • King fish: Ayakoora
  • Ladyfish: Poovan
  • Lizard Fish: Kada Varaal
  • Lobster: Konjan
  • Mackerel: Ayala
  • Milk fish: Poo Meen
  • Mussel: Chippi or Kallumakaya
  • Mullet: Kanni/Kanambu
  • Pink Perch: Kilimeen
  • Prawns: Konju or Chemmeen (small)
  • Pearl Spot: Karimeen/Koral
  • Pomfret: Avoli
  • Red Snapper: Chempalli
  • Ribbon Fish: Vaala
  • River Sole: Vaka Varal
  • Round Emperor: Unda Eari
  • Sail Fish: Ola Meen
  • Salmon: Kora/Kaala
  • Sardines: Chaala or Mathi
  • Seer Fish: Neymeen / Surumai / Vanjaram
  • Shark: Sravu
  • Shrimp: Big konju or Chemmeen
  • Shrimp Scad: Vatta Paara
  • Silver Belly: Avoli Mullan
  • Silver Croaker: Kora
  • Silver Trevally: Kannadi Vatta
  • Stingray: Thirandi
  • Snake Head Fish: Varaal
  • Sole Fish: Manthal
  • Squid or Calamari: Kanava or Koonthal
  • Sword Fish: Kadal Kuthira
  • Tilapia: Thilopia
  • Trevally: Vatta
  • Tuna: Choora
  • Yellow Pomfret: Valavadi

 

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