TALAKITOK



talakitok
bigeye trevally fish, cavalla fish


Filipinos use the word talakitok to refer to various fishes having the following scientific names:

    * Alectis ciliaris
    * Alectis indicus
    * Alepes djedaba
    * Alepes kleinii
    * Alepes melanoptera
    * Alepes vari
    * Atropus atropos
    * Carangoides armatus
    * Carangoides bajad
    * Carangoides chrysophrys
    * Carangoides coeruleopinnatus
    * Carangoides equula
    * Carangoides ferdau
    * Carangoides fulvoguttatus
    * Carangoides hedlandensis
    * Carangoides malabaricus
   * Carangoides oblongus
   * Carangoides orthogrammus
    * Carangoides plagiotaenia 
    * Carangoides talamparoides
    * Caranx ignobilis
    * Caranx lugubris
    * Caranx melampygus
    * Caranx papuensis
    * Caranx sexfasciatus
    * Caranx tille
    * Gnathanodon speciosus
    * Naucrates ductor
    * Pseudocaranx dentex
    * Seriola dumerili
    * Seriola rivoliana
    * Trachinotus baillonii
    * Trachinotus blochii
    * Ulua mentalis
    * Uraspis helvola
    * Uraspis uraspis

The saltwater fish talakitok is often grilled, fried or steamed. It may also be used as the main ingredient in such Filipino dishes as  the sour stew sinigang (uses the fishhead) and escabeche stew. Talakitok is sometimes dried and salted as well.

This fish harvested from the lake surrounding Taal volcano is known as maliputo. It is said that its flesh is flavored by the sulfur in the lava rocks.

Another Tagalog name for the six-banded trevally Caranx sexfasciatus is pinkit. The Thais call this fish pla seekun.