We are independent & ad-supported. We may earn a commission for purchases made through our links.
Advertiser Disclosure
Our website is an independent, advertising-supported platform. We provide our content free of charge to our readers, and to keep it that way, we rely on revenue generated through advertisements and affiliate partnerships. This means that when you click on certain links on our site and make a purchase, we may earn a commission. Learn more.
How We Make Money
We sustain our operations through affiliate commissions and advertising. If you click on an affiliate link and make a purchase, we may receive a commission from the merchant at no additional cost to you. We also display advertisements on our website, which help generate revenue to support our work and keep our content free for readers. Our editorial team operates independently of our advertising and affiliate partnerships to ensure that our content remains unbiased and focused on providing you with the best information and recommendations based on thorough research and honest evaluations. To remain transparent, we’ve provided a list of our current affiliate partners here.

What is a Panga?

By Kelly Andersson
Updated Jun 04, 2024
Our promise to you
All Things Nature is dedicated to creating trustworthy, high-quality content that always prioritizes transparency, integrity, and inclusivity above all else. Our ensure that our content creation and review process includes rigorous fact-checking, evidence-based, and continual updates to ensure accuracy and reliability.

Our Promise to you

Founded in 2002, our company has been a trusted resource for readers seeking informative and engaging content. Our dedication to quality remains unwavering—and will never change. We follow a strict editorial policy, ensuring that our content is authored by highly qualified professionals and edited by subject matter experts. This guarantees that everything we publish is objective, accurate, and trustworthy.

Over the years, we've refined our approach to cover a wide range of topics, providing readers with reliable and practical advice to enhance their knowledge and skills. That's why millions of readers turn to us each year. Join us in celebrating the joy of learning, guided by standards you can trust.

Editorial Standards

At All Things Nature, we are committed to creating content that you can trust. Our editorial process is designed to ensure that every piece of content we publish is accurate, reliable, and informative.

Our team of experienced writers and editors follows a strict set of guidelines to ensure the highest quality content. We conduct thorough research, fact-check all information, and rely on credible sources to back up our claims. Our content is reviewed by subject-matter experts to ensure accuracy and clarity.

We believe in transparency and maintain editorial independence from our advertisers. Our team does not receive direct compensation from advertisers, allowing us to create unbiased content that prioritizes your interests.

The term "panga" is the common name for the Pterogymnus laniarius, a small fish common in the southeast Atlantic Ocean and the southwest Indian Ocean. Often called Torpedo scads, the panga is also found throughout the western Indian Ocean and in the Pacific Ocean from Japan to Australia. It travels in schools and feeds mostly on smaller fish. It is caught commercially in Indian waters, usually by hook and line or with beach seines or traps. Commercial catches are largest in Malaysia and Thailand, where panga is a popular food fish.

It's also a popular food item in France, where it's known for both its flavor and its affordability. Panga is usually sold fresh, but it is also available dried and salted in some countries. Known in Indonesia by a variety of names, including Besi hangat, Cencaru or Cincaru, and Kerongan, panga is a white-fleshed and flaky fish with a naturally sweet flavor.

The panga is a silvery pink color with a white underbelly. Bluish green stripes run laterally on its side, similar to a rainbow trout, and its head is bluish. Its sides are silvery, and it has two distinct dorsal fins. The panga has a pointy lower jaw and a single row of small teeth, with a large black opercular spot near the top of the gill. Typically from 12 to 16 inches (30 to 40 cm) long and weighing from 6 to 8 pounds (3 to 4 kg), the longest reported panga was measured at 31 inches (about 80 cm).

In Spanish, the panga is called the Macarela torpedo; other English names include finny scad, hardtail scad, and finletted mackerel. In some countries, the name panga refers to species other than Pterogymnus laniarius. In Indonesia, panga may refer to the Megalaspis cordyla. In Kenya, panga refers to the Trichiurus lepturus, and in Spain, Poland, and the Netherlands, it may refer to the Pangasius hypophthalmus. Panga is the main ingredient in a classic Polish food dish in which the fish is baked and then served with grated and caramelized root vegetables.

An adult panga fish transitions through intermittent sex changes. It's thought that about 30 percent of the fish in the species are hermaphroditic, with both sex organs present. Panga reach sexual maturity relatively slowly, and it may take as long as 14 years for the panga's natural population to double.

All Things Nature is dedicated to providing accurate and trustworthy information. We carefully select reputable sources and employ a rigorous fact-checking process to maintain the highest standards. To learn more about our commitment to accuracy, read our editorial process.
Discussion Comments
All Things Nature, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.

All Things Nature, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.