Animal Species:Southern Spotted Opah, Lampris australensis Underkoffler, Luers, Hyde & Craig 2018

The Southern Spotted Opah is a distictively shaped fish that lives in southern hemisphere waters.

Standard Common Name

Southern Spotted Opah

Alternative Name/s

The species has also been called Spotted Moonfish and Opal Fish.

Identification

The Opah is a deep-bodied, compressed fish. It is deep blue on the back grading to a lighter blue or silver on the belly. The body is covered with roughly circlar white spots (about the size of the pupil) and the fins are a vibrant red.

Size range

Opahs grow to over 1.5 m in length and can weigh over 70 kg.

Distribution

The species has a southern hemisphere distribution.

Feeding and Diet

Dietary items include fishes and squids.

Classification

Species:
australensis
Genus:
Lampris
Family:
Lampridae
Order:
Lampridiformes
Class:
Actinopterygii
Subphylum:
Vertebrata
Phylum:
Chordata
Kingdom:
Animalia

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References

  1. Underkoffler, K. et al, 2018. A taxonomic review of Lampris guttatus (Brünnich 1788) (Lampridiformes; Lampridae) with descriptions of three new species Zootaxa 4413 (3): 551-565.


Mark McGrouther , Collection Manager, Ichthyology
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Tags fishes, ichthyology, Opah, Lampris guttatus, Lamprididae, odd-shaped, pelagic, Spotted Moonfish, Opal Fish, deep body, compressed body, blue, white spots, dots/spots, red fins, > 1m, marine,