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Species: Lampris megalopsis, Spotted Opah

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deep, compressed, oval body
large eye
D&A long base, retract into grooves
D I, 50, lobe high
A 38
red + small, dense silver spots
pectoral high on side, long & curved
pelvics long

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Lampris megalopsis Unterkoffler, Luers, Hyde & Craig, 2018

Bigeye opah

Body a deep, compressed oval; mouth small and without teeth; horizonatl eye diameter >30% head length & >5% fork length;  dorsal and anal fins long-based, both retractable into a deep groove; dorsal fin I, 50, with high front lobe, height of that lobe ~26.3% of fork length;  anal fin 38; pectoral fin 23,  high on sides, with horizontal base, long, narrow and curved; pelvics 14-15,  large, on lower rim of body, under rear of pectoral base, length ~33.6%  of fork length; body covered with small, smooth scales; lateral line high on side, with a strong arch over pectoral.

Back blue green, sides greenish with bronze, lower body rose red; entire body reddish in death & covered with small round silvery spots, that are < pupil size and densely concentrated; jaws and fins scarlet.

Reaches 185 cm and 89 kg.

Oceanic pelagic.

Depth range: 0-500 m.

Worldwide in tropical and temperate waters; Nova Scotia to Argentina.

Note: There are four other spotted species in the genus, the more restricted ranges that partly overlap the cosmopolitan range of L. megalopsis.


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Salinity
  • Marine
  • Marine Only
Inshore/Offshore
  • Inshore Only
  • Inshore
Water Column Position
  • Near Surface
  • Mid Water
  • Surface
Habitat
  • Water column
FishBase Habitat
  • Bathypelagic
Feeding Group
  • Carnivore
  • Data
Diet
  • Pelagic crustacea
  • Octopus/squid/cuttlefish
  • Bony fishes
Egg Type
  • Pelagic
  • Pelagic larva
  • Data
Global Endemism
  • Circumtropical ( Indian + Pacific + Atlantic Oceans)
  • Greater Caribbean non-endemic
Regional Endemism
  • Continent + Island (s)
  • GC non-endemic
  • Island (s)
  • Continent
Residency
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Subtropical (23-35N, Florida / Carolinas / Bermuda)
  • Tropical (10-23N, Nicaragua / Cuba)
  • Equatorial (0-10N, Costa Rica / Venezuela)
IUCN Red List
  • Not evaluated / Listed
CITES
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 185
Depth Range Min
  • 0
Depth Range Max
  • 500