Opah

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Opah
Temporal range: Late Miocene to present[1]
Lampris guttatus
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Lampriformes
Family: Lampridae
Genus: Lampris
Retzius, 1799

Opah (or moonfish, kingfish, sunfish) are large, colorful fish. They are in a small family called Lampridae. The family has only one genus: Lampris. The genus has only two living species. One species lives in tropical or temperate waters in most oceans. The other species lives in the Southern Ocean. The opah is the only know fish that is completely warm-blooded.[2]

  1. Sepkoski, Jack (2002). "A compendium of fossil marine animal genera". Bulletins of American Paleontology 364: p.560. http://strata.ummp.lsa.umich.edu/jack/showgenera.php?taxon=611&rank=class. Retrieved 2008-01-08.
  2. Yong, Ed, 2015, "Meet the Comical Opah, the Only Truly Warm-Blooded Fish," National Geographic, 14 May. http://phenomena.nationalgeographic.com/2015/05/14/meet-the-comical-opah-the-only-truly-warm-blooded-fish/ Opah are not often caught by recreational fishermen. Opah flesh has a light pink-to-orange color. The flesh turns white when cooked.

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