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Lampris guttatus  (Brünnich, 1788)

Opah
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Philippines country information

Common names: [No common name]
Occurrence: native
Salinity: marine
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Uses: no uses
Comments: Occurrence based on catch records from Lagonoy Gulf. Caught year-round using hook and line; smallest individual caught weighed ca. 19 kg and the biggest 49 kg. (V.L. Olaño, pers. comm. 01/03).
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Classification / Names

Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Lampriformes (Velifers, tube-eyes and ribbonfishes) > Lampridae (Opah)
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Size / Weight / Age

Max length : 200 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 5188); common length : 120 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 5217); max. published weight: 270.0 kg (Ref. 5188)

Environment

Marine; bathypelagic; oceanodromous (Ref. 51243); depth range 0 - 500 m (Ref. 89422), usually ? - 366 m (Ref. 5951)

Climate / Range

Deep-water; 75°N - 60°S, 180°W - 180°E

Distribution

Worldwide in tropical to temperate waters (Ref. 57923). Western Atlantic: Grand Banks and Nova Scotia (Canada) to Florida (USA), Gulf of Mexico and the West Indies (Ref. 7251) up to Argentina (Ref. 47377). Eastern Atlantic: Norway and Greenland to Senegal (Ref. 6737) and south of Angola (Ref. 6476) also Mediterranean. Eastern Pacific: Gulf of Alaska to south of southern California (Ref. 265). A single capture in South Georgia marks an incidental occurrence in Southern Ocean.
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Short description

Dorsal spines (total): 0; Dorsal soft rays (total): 48-55; Anal spines: 0; Anal soft rays: 33 - 41; Vertebrae: 43. Caudal fin broadly lunate; pectorals long and falcate; pelvic fins similar to pectoral fins in shape and a little longer (Ref. 6885). Dark steely blue dorsally shading into green with silver and purple iridescence, belly rosy, body covered with silvery spots in irregular rows, light mottling on caudal and dorsal fins; vermillion on fins and jaws, golden around eyes (Ref. 6885).

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

Oceanic and apparently solitary (Ref. 6737). Epi- and mesopelagic (Ref. 58302). Feeds on midwater fishes and invertebrates, mainly squids (Ref. 6737). Probably spawns in the spring (Ref. 6885). Occasionally taken as a by-catch of tuna fisheries. Considered a good food fish (Ref. 5242); marketed fresh and frozen; prepared as sashimi (Ref. 9987). Swims by flapping the pectoral fins (Ref. 36731).

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 115185)

Threat to humans

  Harmless



Human uses

Fisheries: minor commercial; gamefish: yes

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Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805)
PD50 = 1.0000 many relatives (e.g. carps) 0.5 - 2.0 few relatives (e.g. lungfishes)

Trophic Level (Ref. 69278)
4.2   ±0.62 se; Based on food items.

Resilience (Ref. 69278)
Low, minimum population doubling time 4.5 - 14 years (Assuming tm>4)

Vulnerability (Ref. 59153)
High vulnerability (60 of 100)
Price category (Ref. 80766)
Very high