Family: Coryphaenidae (Dolphinfishes)
Order: Perciformes (perch-likes)
Class: Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes)
FishBase name: Common dolphinfish
Max. size: 210 cm TL (male/unsexed; Ref. 9846); max. published weight: 40.0 kg (Ref. 30874); max. reported age: 4 years
Environment: pelagic; oceanodromous (Ref. 51243); brackish; marine ; depth range 0 - 85 m
Climate: subtropical; 21 - 30°C; 35°N - 35°S, 180°W - 180°E
Importance: fisheries: highly commercial; aquaculture: commercial; gamefish: yes
Distribution: Atlantic, Indian and Pacific: in tropical and subtropical waters. Highly migratory species, Annex I of the 1982 Convention on the Law of the Sea (Ref. 26139).
Biology: Found in open waters but also near the coast (Ref. 9293, 11230). Forms schools. Feeds on almost all forms of fish and zooplankton; also takes crustaceans and squid (Ref. 2850). Sexual maturity is reached in 4-5 months (3 for captive fish) (Ref. 11441). Spawns in the open sea and probably approximate to the coast when water temperature rises (Ref. 9293). Attracting devices such as floating bundles of bamboo reeds or cork planks are used to concentrate dolphin fish before the nets are set. Marketed frozen (Ref. 9987) and fresh and is of high value (Ref. 9293).