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  Common Dolphinfish (Coryphaena hippurus)





Common Dolphinfish | Coryphaena hippurus photo
Female Dolphin Fish off coast of Jamaica

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Common Dolphinfish | Coryphaena hippurus photo
Mahi Mahi caught in Islamorada,

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COMMON DOLPHINFISH FACTS

Description
The Common Dolphinfish has a long compressed body and forked tail. It is metallic blue-green above and silver with a golden colour on the sides. There are iridescent blue to black spots on the sides. Mature males have a prominent bony crest in front of the head. The underparts are white and yellow. Small Dolphinfish have vertical bars on the sides of the body.

Other Names
Mahi Mahi

Size
length to 210cm. Usually seen up to about 100cm.

Habitat
open waters and coastal waters. Forms schools

Food
fish, zooplankton, also crustaceans and squid.

Breeding
Spawns in the open sea and near to the coast when water temperature rises. Eggs and larvae are pelagic

Range
The Common Dolphinfish is found in tropical and warm temperate waters worldwide. It is found in marine waters all round Australia, more common in warmer waters.



Classification
Class:Actinopterygii
Order:Perciformes
Family:Coryphaenidae
Genus:Coryphaena
Species:hippurus
Common Name:Common Dolphinfish