Taxonomy

Coryphaena equiselis Linnaeus, 1758, type locality not specified. OTHER COMMON NAMES

English: Pompano dolphin; Japanese: Ebisu-shiira. PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS

Body is fusiform and elongate, with a vertical head profile and a bony crest in adults, especially males; it is much less pronounced than in the common dolphinfish. The single dorsal fin has 52-59 soft rays and extends from just behind the gills down to the caudal peduncle. The anal fin is long, with 24-28 soft rays, and extends from the anus to the caudal peduncle. The caudal fin is forked. Body color is metallic blue and green on the back and silver with gold spots and a golden sheen on the flank, with a dark dorsal fin. Upon death, the dorsal color fades to gray. The caudal fin margin of juveniles is white. Grows to 50 in (127 cm) in length but lives only 4 years.

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