Opah

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Opah
Temporal range: Late Miocene to present[1]
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Lampris guttatus
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Lampridae
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Lampris

Retzius, 1799

Opah (moonfish, kingfish, or sunfish) are large, colorful fish. They are in a small family, the Lampridae. The family has only two living species in one genus, Lampris.

The opah is the only known fish that is completely warm-blooded.[2]

One species lives in tropical or temperate waters in most oceans. The other species lives in the Southern Ocean.

Opah are not often caught by recreational fishermen.

Opah flesh has a light pink-to-orange color. The flesh turns white when cooked.

References[change | change source]

  1. Sepkoski, Jack (2002). "A compendium of fossil marine animal genera". Bulletins of American Paleontology. 364: 560. Archived from the original on 20 February 2009. Retrieved 8 January 2008.
  2. Yong, Ed 2015. Meet the Comical Opah, the only truly warm-blooded fish. National Geographic, 14 May. [1]