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Marine Animal Encyclopedia

Dolphinfish Coryphaena hippurus

With its shimmering colors, a dolphinfish leaping clear of the water is a spectacular sight. Metallic blues and greens cover its back and sides, grading into white and yellow on the underside. A fast ocean-dwelling fish, it is powered by a long, forked tail, with a single elongated dorsal fin providing stability. Also known as the dorado, the dolphinfish is a valuable market fish.

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  • Order Perciformes
  • Length Up to 7 ft (2.1 m)
  • Weight Up to 88 lb (40 kg)
  • Depth 0–280 ft (0–85 m)
  • Distribution Tropical, subtropical, and temperate waters worldwide
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