About Pearlspot or Karimeen

Pearlspot or Karimeen in Malayalam and Koral in Bengaliis a freshwater fish. It is also known as the Green chromide (Etroplus suratensis) . Green chromide is a cichlid found in southern India.

It inhabits fresh and brackish water habitats, found throughout Kerala, especially in Kerala Backwaters around Alleppey, and in western flowing rivers in Karnataka, and backwaters of Andhra Pradesh. It feeds on algae, plant material and insects.

The fish, known locally as Karimeen, is considered a delicacy. Some of the prominent dishes are the Karemeen Fry, Karemeen Molly and Karemeen Pollichathu. This fish is fairly expensive and is available throughout the year. It attains an average length of 22 cm and weighing about 250g. The fish is caught mainly using gillnets.

Etroplus is a euryhaline fish.

Karimeen catch season 1

Karimeen catch season 2
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