• Dorado, Great For Sport Fishing

    Dorado, a great fish for the sport fishing industry,

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    The common English name of dolphin causes much confusion. Additionally, two species of dolphin fish exist, the common dolphin fish (Coryphaena hippurus) and the pompano dolphinfish (Coryphaena equiselis). Both these species are commonly marketed by their Pacific name, Dorado (mahi-mahi). They are not at all related to dolphins. Dolphins are air-breathing mammals, whereas mahi mahi are water-breathing fish, distantly related to perch.

    The fish is called mahi-mahi in the Hawaiian language,[4] and “mahi mahi” is commonly used elsewhere.[5]

    In the Pacific and along the English-speaking coast of South Africa they are also commonly called by the Spanish name, Dorado. In the Mediterranean island of Malta, this fish is referred to as the lampuka.[6]

    Linnaeus named the genus, derived from the Greek word, κορυφή, koryphe, meaning top or apex, in 1758. Synonyms for the species include Coryphaena argyrurus, Coryphaena chrysurus and Coryphaena dolfyn.[3]

    General Statistics

    Dorado (Mahi-Mahi) Characteristics and Size

    • Mahi-mahi, also known as dolphinfish, have compressed bodies with vibrant colors.
    • They can live up to 5 years but seldom exceed four.
    • Catches average between 7 to 13 kilograms (15 to 29 lb).
    • Mahi-mahi rarely exceeds 15 kilograms (33 lb), with those over 18 kilograms (40 lb) being exceptional.

    Mahi-Mahi Reproduction and Habitat

    • Mahi-mahi spawns in warm ocean currents throughout much of the year.
    • They produce around 100,000 eggs per spawning event in captivity.
    • Juvenile mahi-mahi feed on shrimp, fish, and crabs in Sargassum weed rafts.
    • Commonly found in waters around 28°C/83°F, with higher numbers in spring and fall.

    Mahi-Mahi Behavior and Diet

    • Mahi-mahi are carnivorous, feeding on flying fish, crabs, squid, mackerel, and other forage fish.
    • They may also consume zooplankton and crustaceans.
    • Males and females reach sexual maturity in their first year, usually at around 4-5 months old.
    • Females may spawn 2-3 times a year, producing between 80,000 and 1,000,000 eggs per event.

    Colorful Changes and Habitat Preferences

    • Mahi-mahi change colors out of the water, earning them the name “dorado” or “golden” in Spanish.
    • Dorados prefer surface waters and are found near seaweed rafts.
    • A significant portion of the youngest larvae is found in the northern Gulf of Mexico at depths greater than 180 meters.

    Unique Characteristics and Appearance

    • Mature males have prominent foreheads, while females have rounded heads and are generally smaller.
    • Pectoral fins are iridescent blue, and three black diagonal stripes appear on each side when hunting.
    • Their flesh is soft and oily, resembling sardines, and their bodies are slightly slender.

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