While the common name is similar, the dorado is a freshwater game fish and not to be confused with the saltwater dolphin fish called dorado in many Spanish speaking countries. The fresh water dorado typically range in size from 5 to 10 pounds, and commonly above 15 pounds while the salt water dorado, also referred to as the Mahi Mahi, can weigh around 80 pounds. Both the fresh water dorado and the salt water dorado are very bright and colorful, with shades of green, gold, red, and black. Of the salt water doroado, the males are easily distinguishable from females because they have a large, high, flat forehead and are usually larger.
The freshwater dorado and the saltwater dorado are actually two completely different species of fish. The freshwater Golden Dorado (Salminus brasiliensis, syn S. maxillosus) lives primarily in South American rivers. Although it has Salminus in its scientific name, the fish is not related to the salmon family.
The saltwater dorado (Coryphaena hippurus), also known as mahi-mahi or dolphin-fish, lives in off-shore temperate, tropical, and subtropical ocean waters around the world.
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