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
The species has also been called Spotted Moonfish and Opal Fish.
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.
Opahs grow to over 1.5 m in length and can weigh over 70 kg.
The species has a southern hemisphere distribution.
Feeding and Diet
Dietary items include fishes and squids.
- 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 , Senior Fellow