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The Mahi Mahi, Coryphaena hippurus, is known by many names - dolphinfish, dolphin-fish, dorado, mahi-mahi, or mahimahi. Its scientific name, Coryphaena hippurus, identifies it uniquely as one of two member of the family Coryphaenidae and genus Coryphaena, or dolphinfish, the other being the pompano dolphin, Coryphaena equiselis. It is commonly referred to by fishermen as “dolphin,” although it is a fish, and unrelated to the marine mammals called dolphins.

Dorado is perhaps the most descriptive title for this lovely fish. This word means “golden” in Spanish, and describes one of many hues with which this chameleon-of-the-seas can adorn itself. When excited or stressed, mahi mahi flash different iridescent color patterns, cycling rapidly through shades of silver, blue, green, and gold, often with adornments of yellow fins and blue spots. The colors are most spectacular in the larger fish. Males grow larger than females, reaching a maximum size of nearly 87 pounds and over 7 feet long. Large males develop a bulging squared-off “Frankenstein” shaped forehead, while females retain the gently-sloping forehead seen in juveniles. Juveniles are often referred to as “schoolies” due to their habit of traveling in schools of up to a hundred or more fish, while adults are more likely to be found singly, in pairs, or small groups.

Mahi mahi feed on almost anything they can get into their mouths, including fish, crustaceans, squid, sea jellies, and other organisms that inhabit the upper 33 feet or so of the water column where mahi mahi are most common. Juveniles feed primarily on copepods, fish larvae, and other small plankton, while adults most commonly consume flying fish and other small pelagic fishes. They are generally safe for consumption by humans, but have been known to carry ciguatera – a food-chain based toxin that causes nausea, vomiting and even hallucinations, and cannot be killed by cooking. They can also harbor modest concentrations of mercury.

Environmental groups ask consumers to consider where and how the fish were caught, as some mahi mahi are taken on longlines, which also kill other wildlife such as as sea turtles, seabirds, and sharks.

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Picture of a mahi mahi, dolphin fish, or dorado, Coryphaena hippurus, cow, Kona, Big Island, Hawaii, Pacific Ocean

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Stock photo of a mahi mahi, dolphin fish, or dorado, Coryphaena hippurus, bull leaping, Kona, Big Island, Hawaii, Pacific Ocean

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Image of a mahi mahi, dolphin fish, or dorado, Coryphaena hippurus, cow, Kona, Big Island, Hawaii, Pacific Ocean

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Photo of parasitic copepods, unidentified, captured from the outer skin of mahi mahi, common dolphinfish or dorado, Coryphaena hippurus, Hawaii, Pacific Ocean

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Picture of a mahi mahi, common dolphinfish or dorado, Coryphaena hippurus, hooked on trolling jet lure, being accompanied by the other free-swimming mahi mahi which is trying to attack the lure, off Kona Coast, Big Island, Hawaii, Pacific Ocean

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Stock photo of a Mahi Mahi, Coryphaena hippurus, also known as a dorado or dolphin fish, Big Island of Hawaii, Pacific Ocean

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Image of a mahi mahi, dolphin fish, or dorado, Coryphaena hippurus, Kona, Big Island, Hawaii, Pacific

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Photo of mahi mahi, dorado or dolphin fish, Corphaena hippurus, in kelp in open ocean off San Diego, California, Pacific

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Picture of a mahi mahi, dolphin fish, or dorado, Coryphaena hippurus, bull, Kona, Big Island, Hawaii, Pacific Ocean

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Stock photo of the eye of a mahi mahi, dolphin fish, or dorado, Coryphaena hippurus, off Kona coast, Big Island, Hawaii, Pacific Ocean

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Image of a mahi mahi, dolphin fish, or dorado, Coryphaena hippurus, eating piece of bait, off Isla Mujeres, near Cancun, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico

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Photo of school of juvenile mahi mahi, dolphinfish or dorado, Coryphaena hippurus, schoolies, lower Florida Keys, South of Summerland Key, Atlantic Ocean

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Picture of a mahi mahi, dolphin fish, or dorado, Coryphaena hippurus, skin detail, San Diego, California, Pacific Ocean

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Stock photo of a mahi mahi, dolphin fish, or dorado, Coryphaena hippurus, La Guaira Bank, Venezuela, South America, Caribbean, Atlantic

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Image of a mahi mahi, dolphin fish, or dorado, Coryphaena hippurus, juvenile, about two inches in length, in experimental aquaculture facility

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Photo of a mahi mahi, dolphin fish, or dorado, Coryphaena hippurus, cow, Kona, Big Island, Hawaii, Pacific Ocean

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Picture of a mahi mahi, dolphin fish, or dorado, Coryphaena hippurus, Hawaii, Pacific Ocean

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Stock photo of a school of mahi mahi, dolphin fish, or dorado, Coryphaena hippurus, Kona, Big Island, Hawaii, Pacific Ocean

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Image of a mahi mahi, dolphin fish, or dorado, Coryphaena hippurus, and angler

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Photo of dorado, mahi mahi, or dolphin fish, Coryphaena hippurus, chasing bait, off Isla Mujeres, near Cancun, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico

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