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DOLPHIN – MAHI MAHI CORYPHAENA HIPPURUS

This fish may be one of the most colorful fish in the open Gulf of Mexico. It is azure blue to emerald green on its back, with cadmium yellow sides and a lighter belly. These bright colors are quickly lost when the fish dies after being boated. The large colorful dorsal fin extends almost the length of the back. Large mature males develop blunt, vertical heads. This fish is difficult to separate from its less common relative, the pompano dolphin. The only sure way to do so is to inspect the shape of the tooth patch on the tongue. In dolphin it is round; in pompano dolphin it is noticeably squarish in shape.

MAHI MAHI CORYPHAENA HIPPURUS

August 6, 2013 | Fish Species | Comments Off

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