common dolphinfish

Scientific name Coryphaena hippurus
Descriptor Linnaeus
Year of description 1758
IUCN category LC
Family Coryphaenidae
Genus Coryphaena
Coryphaena hippurus Coryphaena hippurus


Coryphaena hippurus, commonly known as common dolphinfish, is a salt water fish.

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Who is it?


  • Average size
    100 cm
  • Maximum size
    210 cm
  • Longevity
    4 year
  • Average size
    100 cm
  • Maximum size
    210 cm
  • Longevity
    4 year

How to recognize the common dolphinfish ?

The common dolphinfish measures between 100 and 210 cm. This fish is bicolore with a predominantly bleu and vert body.

Sexual dimorphism

Behaviour & Life cycle

  • diet
  • Sociability
    living in shoals
  • territorial
  • Way of living

The common dolphinfish is a fish living in shoals naturally found close to the surface. This species is carnivorous .

Although the common dolphinfish is non-territorial, it is sometimes aggressive towards other species.


  • Reproduction
  • Migratory species

The common dolphinfish is a fish ovipare.

Harmless species

This species does not represent any particular threats to humans when encountered in its natural environment.

Where to find it?

Where to see this species?

What is its habitat?

Natural environment characteristics

  • Temperature
    25 - 30 °C
  • Depth
    0 - 85 m

Biotope presentation

The common dolphinfish is most often found at a depth between 0m and 85m. However, it is not impossible to find this species at other depths.

Species of the same biotope

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Bibliographic references

Biology of the dolphinfish (Coryphaena hippurus) inthe western central Atlantic: a review - HAZEL A. OXENFORD - Scientia Marina - 1999.

Feeding habits of the dolphinfish (Coryphaena hippurus) in the eastern Caribbean - HAZEL A. OXENFORD - WAYNE HUNTE - Scientia Marina - 1999.

On the Identification, Distribution, and Biology of the Dolphins, Coryphaena Hippurus and C. Equiselis - Gibbs, Jr., Robert H. - Collette, Bruce B. - BULLETIN OF MARINE SCIENCE, - 1959.

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