Dorado, Dolphinfish, Mahi Mahi – Coryphaena hippurus. Common Names: This fish is called by a number of names: dorado (West Coast SoCal and Mexico); dolphinfish (East Coast and much of U.S.); mahi mahi (Hawaii), and shiira (Japan).

Identifying Characteristics and Biology

  • The dorado is brilliantly colored. When seen in the water, iridescent colors of blues, greens and yellows are present, and almost appear to be neon or electric in color.
  • They are spotted with blue/green/black combinations all over the body.
  • Deeply forked tail is typically yellow.
  • The dorado’s body is very slender, and a blunt, flat head signifies it is a male.
  • This species of fish is a very fast growing fish, typically living up to 4 years and growing up to 7 feet long.

Range and Habitat

  • The dorado is found in all tropical and subtropical waters world wide.
  • These fish commonly orientate themselves to floating debris, such as weed lines, kelp patties, and floating objects.

Market Forms

  • The dorado is found fresh or frozen as fillets. It is an excellent eating fish with a mild, sweet flavor.
  • Great cooking methods are grilling, broiling, and sauteing.



Scombroid poisoning danger with the dorado.


Love, Milton. Probably More Than You Want to Know About the Fishes of the Pacific Coast. Santa Barbara: Really Big Press, 1996. Print.

“MAHIMAHI.” Hawaii Seafood. Hawaii Seafood Council, 2012. Web. 19 Feb. 2014.



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