Friday, July 31, 2009


[Originally posted to the Moorea Coral Reef LTER (MCR LTER) Marine Life Encyclopedia]

Mahi-mahi, Dorado or Dolphin-fish - Mahimahi
(Coryphaena hippurus)

Mahi-mahi, Dorado or Dolphin-fish - Coryphaena hippurus
Photo by Gerick Bergsma

The Spanish name "dorado" means golden, referring to the spectacular gold color seen by fishermen when they first catch these popular sports fish.  In fact, Mahi-mahi change colors through a spectrum of silvers, blues, greens and golds, and may use their changing colors to communicate with other fish.

Found in tropical and subtropical oceans worldwide

Mahi-mahi are found out in the open ocean.

Feed on fish and squid

Quick Fact
Mahi-mahi (literally "strong-strong" in Hawaiian, meaning very strong) are tremendous swimmers, and are able to reach speeds of 65 kilometers per hour (~40 miles per hour).

Learn More
- Animal Diversity Web

- Moorea Biocode Database

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