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Dolphinfish Coryphaena hippurus


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Alternate name: Mahi-mahi

Family: Coryphaenidae, Dolphinfishes view all from this family

Description The Coryphaenidae, also called the dolphinfishes, are a family of marine ray-finned fish belonging to the Order Perciformes. The family contains only one genus, Coryphaena, which contains two species, both of which have compressed heads and single dorsal fins that run the entire length of the fish's bodies. Dolphinfishes are unrelated to dolphins (which are mammals) and their meat is often labeled mahi-mahi commercially to reduce possible public confusion.

Habitat Open ocean, Ocean or bay shallows.

Range New England, Mid-Atlantic, Southeast, Florida, Texas, California, Eastern Canada.