Saturday, January 8, 2011

January 8, 2011 : Barramundi


The Barramundi (Lates calcarifer), also known as Asian Seabass, is a species of catadromous fish in familyLatidae of order Perciformes. The native species is widely distributed in the Indo-West Pacific region from the Persian Gulf, through Southeast Asia to Papua New Guinea and Northern Australia. Known in Thai language as Pla Krapong (Thai: ปลากระพง), it is very popular in Thai cuisine. It is known as pandugappa in the Telugu language in India.

Barramundi is a loanword from an Australian Aboriginal language of the Rockhampton area in Queensland Originally, the name barramundi referred to saratoga and Gulf saratoga. meaning "large-scaled river fish". However, the name was appropriated for marketing reasons during the 1980s, a decision which has aided in raising the profile of this fish significantly.
L. calcarifer is broadly referred to as Asian seabass by the international scientific community, but is also known as giant perch, giant seaperch, Australian seabass, and by a variety of names in other local languages, such as Ikan Siakap or Ikan Kakap Putih in Indonesian and also known as selunsung in local sabahan. 'Barra Mundi' when pronounced as two words, is clearly of Indian origin meaning 'big head'.

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