Lampris guttatus (Brünnich, 1788)
Lampris guttatus
photo by Mincarone, M.M.

Family:  Lampridae (Opahs)
Max. size:  200 cm TL (male/unsexed); max.weight: 270 kg
Environment:  bathypelagic; marine; depth range 0 - 500 m, oceanodromous
Distribution:  Worldwide in tropical to temperate waters (Ref. 57923). Western Atlantic: Grand Banks and Nova Scotia (Canada) to Florida (USA), Gulf of Mexico and the West Indies (Ref. 7251) up to Argentina (Ref. 47377). Eastern Atlantic: Norway and Greenland to Senegal (Ref. 6737) and south of Angola (Ref. 6476) also Mediterranean. Eastern Pacific: Gulf of Alaska to south of southern California (Ref. 265). A single capture in South Georgia marks an incidental occurrence in Southern Ocean.
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 0-0; Dorsal soft rays (total): 48-55; Anal spines: 0-0; Anal soft rays: 33-41; Vertebrae: 43. Caudal fin broadly lunate; pectorals long and falcate; pelvic fins similar to pectoral fins in shape and a little longer (Ref. 6885). Dark steely blue dorsally shading into green with silver and purple iridescence, belly rosy, body covered with silvery spots in irregular rows, light mottling on caudal and dorsal fins; vermillion on fins and jaws, golden around eyes (Ref. 6885).
Biology:  Oceanic and apparently solitary (Ref. 6737). Epi- and mesopelagic (Ref. 58302). Feeds on midwater fishes and invertebrates, mainly squids (Ref. 6737). Probably spawns in the spring (Ref. 6885). Occasionally taken as a by-catch of tuna fisheries. Considered a good food fish (Ref. 5242); marketed fresh and frozen; prepared as sashimi (Ref. 9987). Swims by flapping the pectoral fins (Ref. 36731).
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 07 May 2013 Ref. (126983)
Threat to humans:  harmless
Country info:  Occurrence based on catch records from Lagonoy Gulf. Caught year-round using hook and line; smallest individual caught weighed ca. 19 kg and the biggest 49 kg. (V.L. Olaño, pers. comm. 01/03).

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