Dentex ( Daathi )


We bet you must have seen this fish in shops and with street vendors but they often fake it as Heera, Dhotar, Paplet, and other famous fish. Very few know it by actual name.

The size you get: Approx 1 to 5 kg per fish.

Note: All our prices and billings are based on the pre-cleaning/cutting weight of the seafood. The net weight at the time of delivery will be dependent on the type of cleaning you choose.

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Dentex fish locally known as Daathi is closely related to Red Snapper ( Heera ) and Grunter ( Dhotar ) shape and taste. Dentex – Daathi is known to have a great fish for curry and frying but it’s highly seasonal. Daathi is usually caught in coastal areas. A Daathi above 1 kg in size is considered very good for all types of cooking requirements. Daathi is not very abundant in the Pakistani sea, so it’s not commonly available at shops and roadside fishmongers.

Flavor Profile

Dentex is not only great game fish but is very famous for its taste and aroma. Its pinkish-white flesh is firm and flaky and turns to be very juicy when cooked properly.


Dentex is usually found in shallow water less than 50 m deep.


  • English Name: Dentex, Common Dentex
  • Local Name: Daathi
  • Scientific Name: Dentex

Catching Method

Dentex are caught using bottom trawls, gillnets, and hand lines.

Physical Attributes

The ovary of the body, rather deep and compressed. In adults, the profile of the head is smoothly rounded but almost straight in the young.  A slight frontal drop in very large individuals. Eyes are small, suborbital space wide. Cheeks falling; The scales appear on the preamp except at its anterior margin. Facedown, somewhat oblique.


In young Dentex specimens, the color is silvery-brown, stained with black on the back and top, pink with sexual maturity; Older individuals have blue-gray and darker spots more or less spread with age.


On average, the Dentex size range is 1 kg to 5 kg per fish. However, Other sizes are also occasionally available.

Cutting Preferences

Dentex is preferred for all types of cutting.

Approx. Cutting Yields

  • Whole: 100 %
  • Gutted: 82 %
  • Headless and Gutted: 70 %
  • Slices: 65 %
  • Boneless:40 %

Cooking Preferences

Dentex is preferred to Grill & deep fry.

Health Benefits

  • Heart friendly
  • Lowers Blood Pressure
  • Improves Immune System
  • Strengthens the bones
  • Improves Skin and Hair health


Additional information


Whole (Uncleaned), Whole (Gutted), Boneless Fillet (2 fillates per fish), Boneless Biscuits, Boneless Fingers Fish, Slices with skin and Bone, Whole but head remove

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