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FISH from the Philippines

***** Location: Philippines
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Tawilis (Sardinella tawilis)
A kind of Herring; found only in Taal Lake.
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Sardinella tawilis (sometimes obscurely referred to as the freshwater sardinella) is a freshwater sardine found exclusively in the Philippines. It is unique in that it is the only member of the family Clupeidae that is known to exist entirely in freshwater. Locally, they are known in Filipino as tawilis.

CLICK for more photos S. tawilis are small fish reaching up to 15 cm and weighing less than 30 g. Like other members of their family, they have laterally compressed bodies with bellies covered in tough scale-like scutes. They have a single, triangular dorsal fin and a forked caudal fin. They possess long, slender gill rakers in their mouths.

Despite its threatened status, tawilis stocks in Lake Taal have been commercially fished for several decades.

The species is commonly referred to as "tawilis" in the local language of Filipino. On the island of Cebu, one of the many places where tawilis is shipped, the native Cebuano name for the fish is "tunsoy".

In addition to raw consumption, tawilis are also processed into various food products. Tawilis is one of the many fish species dried, salted and sold as "daing" in the country. They are also smoked and bottled in oil, and sold commercially.
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Kanduli, Salmon catfish
Lesser salmon catfish, Neoarius graeffei and others

Manta Ray (Manta birostris)

Worldwide use

Things found on the way

FISH NAMES of the Philippines


Alumahan ..... Long-jawed Mackerel
Apahap ..... Sea bass; bulgan (Negros); Barramundi (Australia)
Asohos ..... Whiting
Bakoko ..... Sea bream, reddish variety or sweet lips; related to snapper, with a smaller mouth; passed off as grouper (lapu-lapu)
BaƱgus ..... Milkfish
Bisugo ..... Threadfin bream
Betilya ..... Emperor, white snapper; passed off as maya-maya
Blue marlin / Royal blue marlin ..... Swordfish (billfish)
Chabita (isabita) ..... Moonfish

Dalag ..... Mud fish
Dalagang bukid ..... Yellow tail fusilier
Danggit ..... Rabbit fish with white dots
Dapa ..... Indian halibut or tongue sole
Dilis ..... Anchovy
Dorado or kabayo ..... Mahi-mahi, dolphin fish
Espada ..... Beltfish
Galunggong ...... Hard-tail mackerel (galunggong babae); round scad (galunggong lalaki, muro-aji in Japan.

Gindara..... Oil fish (escolar); two types: smooth-skinned and rough-skinned, the latter with a higher oil content; for both, servings of more than 6 oz or 150 g may cause bothersome loose oily stools, for which it has been referred to as "xenical' fish.

Hasa-hasa ..... Short-bodied mackerel
Hito ..... Catfish
Isdang lawin ..... Flying fish
Japayuki ..... Mackerel
Kanduli ..... Salmon catfish
Labahita ..... Surgeon fish or unicorn fish
Lapu-lapu ..... Grouper
Loro ..... Parrot fish, brightly colored with beak-shaped mouth
Malasugui ..... Black or white marlin
Maming ...... Wrasse
Matang baka ...... Purse-eyed scad
Matumbok ..... Sailfish
Maya-maya ..... Red snapper

Pagi ..... Manta orsting ray
Palos ..... Eel
Pampano ..... Pomfret, silver or black
Pla-pla ..... Tilapia bigger than 1 kg
Salay-salay ..... Smooth-tailed trevally
Tambakol ..... Skipjack tuna
Tamban ..... Sardinella
Tanguingue, tangi, tanige ..... Spanish mackerel; kingfish (U.S.); a bigger variety is called wahoo.
Tawilis ..... Herring; found only in Taal Lake.
© Pinoy Fish Names


By the serene lake
a shool of tawilis
into the fry pan.

By the serene lake
freshly caught kanduli
for mother's fish soup.

Wilfredo R. Bongcaron, Manila, April 2008


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1 comment:

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It is a shame that freshwater sardinella lives only in Phillipines because I would love to see one of these beautiful places alive