Monday 19 April 2010

Goan fish names

Good to know these equivalents, which I got from http://www.goa-world.com/goa/konkani/fishnames.htm:

Gobro is reef cod.
Raus or ravas is Indian salmon.
Tamoshi (tamso?) is Mangrove red snapper - but the huge red snappers I saw last year at the Wharf at Betim are probably tamso rather than tamoshi.
Halwa I knew was black pomfret.
But surmai is seer fish - while I thought it was king fish.
Chonak is giant sea perch. Lep is sole.
(Capsali) mandli is golden spotted anchovy. That's a hell of a name for a common little - and hopefully still cheap - fish.
Ghol or gol is Jew fish - I think this is what is so common in Uttan. A large fish.
And shevto is mullet.

Remembering Marie Lobo and her gobro. There was another fish she kept mentioning, but it escapes me just now. - I remembered it finally: it's modso. I think modso is dark, longish, and you can easily mistake it for a pilo or a baby shark, whereas gobro or reef cod has a somewhat flattish and 'fishy' body. See the net for photos. But: what is the English equivalent of modso?

7 comments:

  1. You know, I've been also looking for the English equivalent of Modso.

    I have a few Konkani Fish names and their English equivalents. I've arranged them in the alphabetical order. I don't know if it helps you in whatever purpose; but still, here it is:
    Baale => Ribbon Fish
    Bangdo => Indian Mackral
    Bombil => Bombay Duck
    Buranto => Naked Head Glassy Perchlet
    Capsali Mandli => Gold Spoted Anchovy
    Chonak => Giant Sea Perch
    Dodyaro (Hodki) => Dhoma / Croakar
    Ghol => Ghol(Jew Fish)
    Gobro => Reef Cod
    Haddo => Rock Bream
    Hado Bangdo => Horse Mackeral
    Kalundar => Pearl Spot
    Karchani => Butter Fish
    Khampi => Common Pony Fish
    Koncar => Long Fin Cavalla
    Konkoro => Sead
    Korli => Silver Bar
    Krishranchi Peddi => Railbow Sardines
    Lep => Sole
    Mori => Indian Dog Shark
    Mudoshi => Lady Fish
    Palu => Perch
    Peddi => Hilsa Ilisha
    Pilo => Black Tip Shark
    Pomplet => Promfret
    Rano => Japanese Thread Fin Bream
    Raus => Indian Salmon
    Sagoti (Kayi) /Halwa => Black Pompret
    Sangot => Cat Fish
    Saudalo => Butter Fish
    Shetki => Whip Fin Majarra
    Shevtali / Shevto => Mullet
    Surmai => Seer Fish
    Tamoshi => Mangrove Red Snapper
    Tarlo => Indian Oil Sardines
    Tarsulo => Round Bellied Sardines
    Tonki => Barracuda
    Velli => Anchovy Or Silver Belly
    Viswon => King Fish
    Vonog => Hilsa Species
    Waghole => Kite Or Ray Fish

    Regards,
    -JB

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  2. Uh-Oh... I think I just posted the same list that is there in your link. Sorry!

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  3. I think Modso is Lemon fish - also called Cobia (Rachycentron canadum)—also known as black kingfish, black salmon

    Whatever its' called...our all time favourite

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  4. MODSO is rachycentrom canadum (botanical name) also called La cobia also called sergeant fish?

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