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AENG 50A- Principles of Fishery

Science

COMMON NAMES OF FISH IN THE PHILLIPPINES

In the Philippines fish are called “isda”. There are many varieties of fish. The country's tropical
climate and coral reefs make its waters located near the center of the Coral Triangle among the richest
in marine life anywhere providing a bounty of fresh Philippine seafood and an assortment of tropical
fish. According to some estimates 5% of the world's reef area is in Philippine waters and the marine fish
in the area represent 20% of the total marine fish in the world.

NAMING OF PHILIPPINE FISH

Filipino fish names can get confusing very quickly. Different names can be given to the same fish
and a name can be applied to multiple fish—and that's just in the same dialect and region. Given the
various Philippine languages and the disparate islands comprising the archipelago, custom and usage
varies and contradictions frequently crop up. In Metro Manila, Tagalog is the dominant language but
because of the influx of people from the provinces, local names and regional names from other parts of
the country like the Visayas or Ilocos or even other Tagalog provinces with their own name variants are
sometimes used in Manila wet markets.

A list of Philippine fish names in English and its Filipino Common Names, with some scientific
names and fish pictures to help identify particular Filipino fish species found in local fish markets:

Scientific Names English Names Common Names
Pomadasys hasta. Spotted Silver Grunt Agoot
(Bikolano, Cebuano,
Waray)

Pseudosciaena anea. Plain Croaker Alakaak
Drums (Tagalog, Bikol)
Hardheads Abo
Tuel
Balat
Dulama

Rastrelliger kanagurta. Mackerel Alumahan(Tagalog,
Stripped Mackerel Bisaya)
Long-jawed Mackerel Tuna
Tanigi
Indian Mackerel Tanigigi
Lumahan
Japayuki

Lumitog. Bisaya) Mugil ceramensis. Balanak. Mullet Banak (Tagalog. Talilong Chanos chanos. Tandipil. Sillago Asohos (Tagalog) Sand Borer Asuhos Whiting Leiopotherapon plumbeus. Pomadasid Bisaya) Porgy Liza sp. Sweet lips Kapampangan. Sea bream Bakoko(Tagalog. Bikolano. Kapak. Aligasin . Waray) Babansi Malipili Pomadasys argenteus. Milk Fish Bangus(Tagalog. AENG 50A. Terapon Bagaong(Tagalog. Bikolano) Banglis Banglot Bangrus Bangellus . Snouted Mullet Bikolano. Chub mackerel Alumahang Bato Pacific mackerel Pacific chub mackerel Lates calcarifer. Silver perch Ayungin(Pangasinan) Silver theraponid Therapon jarbua. Bilugan. Seaperch Bisaya. Balungain.Asubi.Principles of Fishery Science Scomber japonicus. Convex-lined grunt Ilokano. Barramundi Apahap(Tagalog. Gagapang. Mugil sp. Waray) Silver sea bass Bulgan (Negros) Mangangat Matang-pusa Katuyot Sillago sp. Agwas. Cross-barred grunt Bisaya. Sumalapau.

Drum Bitilya(Tagalog) White snapper Betilya Family Gobiidae Goby Biya Megalops cyprinoides. AENG 50A. Moonfish Chabita(Tagalog) Hiwas Sapatero Isabita Bilong-bilong Tahas . Hawaiian ladyfish Kapampangan) Bidbir Scolopsis taeniopterus.Principles of Fishery Science Elops hawaiiensis. T hreadfin bream Bisugo(Tagalog. Lattice monocle Biloan(Tagalog) bream Nemipterus japonicas. Ten Pounder Bidbid( Tagalog. Indo-Pacific tarpon Buan-buan Lutjanus lutjanus Big eye snapper Burara Dilat Mene maculata. Bisaya) Goatfish Lethrinus lentjan. Jobfish Cebuano.

Bisaya. Bisaya) Bulinau Silag Bombra Sibuyan Scomberoides lysan. AENG 50A. Cebuano) Scophthalmus rhombus Flounder Dapa(Tagalog. Rabbitfish Danggit(Tagalog. Mahi-mahi Bisaya) Queenfish Dularo Leather jacket Talang-talang Talupak Kassisung Lapis Pipikau . Long-jawed Anchovy Bikolano. Anchovy Dilis (Tagalog. Sole Bikolano) Flatfish Darapang Bilog Brill Indian halibut Tongue sole Stolephorus commersonnii.Principles of Fishery Science Channa striata. Yellow tail fusilier Dalagang Caesio Bukid(Tagalog) Lapas Molong Sulid Siganus vulpinus. Mudfish Dalag(Tagalog) Striped snakehead Haruan Murrel Talusog Dalag Terebog Torabo Utan Aluan Rachycentron canadum Cobia Dalag-dagat Caesio sp. Dolphinfish Dorado(Tagalog.

Eel Igat(Tagalog. Fresh water Eel Ilokano. Starry goby Dulong(Tagalog. Kapampangan. Beltfish Espada (Tagalog) Largehead hairtail Ispada Decapterus sp. Laguna de Bay goby Bikolano) Trichiurus lepturus. Silver Salmon Fish Bikolano) Ito Pantat Anguilla mauritiana. Bikolano. Male Round scad (Male) Muro-aji Katsuwonus pelamis.Principles of Fishery Science Mirogobius stellatus. Gizzard shad Kabasi(Tagalog. Pangasinan. Black Catfish Hito(Tagalog. Skipjack Tuna Gulyasan(Tagalog) Stripped Tuna Rastrelliger brachysoma. Swamp Eel Kapampangan. AENG 50A. Ilokano) Suwagan . Short Mackerel Kabayas(Tagalog) Hasa-hasa Kabalyas Clarias batrachus. Mackerel Scad Galunggong(Tagalog) Decapterus macarellus. Arius manillensis. Hard-tail mackerel Gigi Female (Female) Decapterus russelli. Bikolano) Palos Anodontostoma chacunda.

AENG 50A. Ilokano. Mojarra Malakapas(Tagalog. Grouper Lapu-Lapu(Tagalog. Spadefish Bisaya. Lobed river mullet Ludong(Ilokano) Lapes Lumitog Siganus vermiculatus. Crimson snapper Lohoran Family Scaridae Parrotfish Loro Luro Lutiin Mulmol Mugil seheli. Spotted Scat Kitang(Tagalog. Bisaya Batuhanan Latab Sumulok Tabiros . Siganid Malaga(Ilokano) Vermiculated spinefoot Gerres sp. Bikolano) Butterfish Malaga Family Acanthuridae Surgeonfish Labahita Unicornfish Indangan Mangadlit Yapot Epinephelus sp. Bisaya) Garopa Kaltang Kigting Kulapo Lubo Sigapo Lutjanus erythropterus.Principles of Fishery Science Scatophagus argus.

AENG 50A. tetradactylum. Ilokano) Bikaw Anabas testudineus. Oxeye scad Bikolano. Spearfish Dugso Blue marlin Liplipan Eleutheronema Fourfinger threadfin Mamali(Tagalog. Bikolano) Xiphias gladius.Principles of Fishery Science Lamas Bangangan Manubon Istiophorus orientalis. Kapampangan) Bunutan Mapuao Mapuaw Tingin Lutianus sp. Red Snapper Bikolano) Bagangan Dapak Langit Managat Pulahan Talutoon Apolectus niger. Tetrapturus mitsukuri. Bisaya. Sailfish Bisaya. Big-eyed scad Matangbaka(Tagalog. Makaira mitsukurii. Black pomfret Pampano Duhay Maliputo . Climbing perch Martiniko(Tagalog) Liwalo Selar crumenophthalmus. Snapper Maya maya(Tagalog. Swordfish Malasugi(Tagalog.

snapper Tikwi Deepwater longtail red snapper Selaroides leptolepis Yellowstripe scad Salay-salay(Tagalog. Ilokano. Pony fish Sapsap(Tagalog. Bikolano.Principles of Fishery Science Pandaka pygmaea. Dwarf pygmy goby Tobias Bia Etelis carbunculus. Bisaya) Leiognathus sp. Toothless cavalla Bisaya. Bikolano) Barurog Dalupani Tambung Lawayakan Tariptip Talibukno Usub Mistichthys luzonensis Buhi dwarf goby Sinarapan(Bikolano) Caranx sp. Deepwater red Sagisi Etelis coruscans. Pangasinan. Trevally Taalakitok(Tagalog. AENG 50A. Slip mouth Bisaya. Jack Bikolano. Ilokano) Maliputo Tarokotokan . Cavalla Kapampangan.

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