Fishes in Kerala – List of common fresh water fishes

1. Name: Stinging Catfish
Scientific Name: Heteropneustes fossilis
Malayalam: Kaari

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2. Name: Walking Catfish
Scientific Name: Clarias batrachus
Vernacular language: Mushi, Muzhi, Mozhi
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3. Name: Yellow Catfish
Scientific Name: Horabagrus brachysoma
Malayalam: Manjakkoori
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4. Name: Longwhiskered Catfish
Scientific Name: Mystus gulio
Malayalam: Vellakkoori
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5. Name: Boal
Scientific Name: Wallago attu
Malayalam: Attu walah, Valah
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6. Name: Banded Snakehead(Opheocephalus)
Scientific Name: Channa striatus
Malayalam: Varal, Varaal

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7. Name: Climbing Perch
Scientific Name: Anabas testudineus
Malayalam: Chempally, Karuveppu, Antikalli, Kallada
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8. Name: Pearl Spot
Scientific Name: Etroplus suratensis
Malayalam: Karimeen, Kariyamplachi
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9. Name: Tilapia
Scientific Name: Oerochromis mossabicus
Malayalam: Tilapia, Tilopia, Thilopia, Kerala Karimeen
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10. Name: Giant Danio
Scientific Name: Danio malabaricus
Malayalam: Paral
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11. Name: Karnataka Barbe
Scientific Name: Puntius carnaticus
Malayalam: Pachilavetti
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12. Name: Peninsular Olive Barb
Scientific Name: Puntius sarana
Malayalam: Kuruva, Kuruva paral
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13. Name: Tiger Panchax
Scientific Name: Aplocheilus lineatus
Malayalam: Poonjan, Manathukanni, Poochutti
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14. Name: Orange chromide
Scientific Name: Etroplus maculatus
Malayalam: Pallathi
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15. Name: Mullet
Scientific Name: Mugil cephalus
Malayalam: Kanambu, Thirutha kanambu
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16. Name: Freshwater Garfish
Scientific Name: Xenentodon cancila
Malayalam: Kola
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17. Name: Malabar leaf fish, Common catopra
Scientific Name: Pristolepis marginata
Malayalam: Pannakarimeen, Karipidi, Chuttichi
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18. Name: Tire track eel
Scientific Name: Mastacembelus armatus
Malayalam: Kallaral
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19. Name: Indian mottled eel
Scientific Name: Anguilla bengalensis bengalensis
Malayalam: Malanjil, Mananjil
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20. Name: Cobra Snakehead, GreatSnakehead, Bullseye Snakehead
Scientific Name: Channa marulius
Malayalam: Cherumeen
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21. Name: Tank goby
Scientific Name: Glossogobius giuris
Malayalam: Poolan, poolon
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22. Name: Ceylon Snake head, Bengal Snakehead
Scientific Name: Channa orientalis
Malayalam: Vattan, vatton
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18 Replies to “Fishes in Kerala – List of common fresh water fishes”

  1. Channa orientalis is endemic to Srilanka and it has not been recorded in Kerala.
    The one you are mentioning is Channa gachua. Both look similar, but orientalis does not have a pelvic fin.

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