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Coryphaena hippurus

Other Game Fish Family

Saltwater Fish Identification


Common Name(s):
Common Dolphin, Mahi Mahi
The body of the dolphinfish is quite slender but fairly deep, with a noticeable tapering from head to tail. The male of the species is distinguished from the female by its high, vertical head. The anal fin has approximately 30 soft rays and stretches over half of the length of the body. The distinctive dorsal fin is long, covering almost three-fourths of the body, and has around 60 soft rays. The caudal fin is deeply forked and contains no spines.
Similar Fish:
Pompano Dolphinfish
Feeding Habits:
The Dolphinfish feeds on a diet on mainly on flying fish and squid.
The Dolphinfish is found worldwide in tropical and warm temperate seas, inhabiting the surface of the open sea.
Dolphinfish are a warm-water fish usually found in deep waters, close to the surface. While sometimes found in coastal waters, they often concentrate in the open ocean around floating objects such as buoys, driftwood and seaweed clusters.
Typical Size:
The Dolphinfish can reach a size of almost 7 feet in length and 80 pounds in weight.
World Record:
87 pounds, 0 ounces (IGFA)