Mahi-mahi (Coryphaena hippurus) life development: morphological, physiological, behavioral and molecular phenotypes

Prescilla Perrichon, John D. Stieglitz, Elvis Genbo Xu, Jason T. Magnuson, Christina Pasparakis, Edward M. Mager, Yadong Wang, Daniel Schlenk, Daniel D. Benetti, Aaron P. Roberts, Martin Grosell, Warren W. Burggren

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Background: Mahi-mahi (Coryphaena hippurus) is a commercially and ecologically important fish species that is widely distributed in tropical and subtropical waters. Biological attributes and reproductive capacities of mahi-mahi make it a tractable model for experimental studies. In this study, life development of cultured mahi-mahi from the zygote stage to adult has been described. Results: A comprehensive developmental table has been created reporting development as primarily detailed observations of morphology. Additionally, physiological, behavioral, and molecular landmarks have been described to significantly contribute in the understanding of mahi life development. Conclusion: Remarkably, despite the vast difference in adult size, many developmental landmarks of mahi map quite closely onto the development and growth of Zebrafish and other warm-water, active Teleost fishes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)337-350
Number of pages14
JournalDevelopmental Dynamics
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 2019


  • behavior
  • development
  • life span
  • mahi-mahi
  • molecular biology
  • physiology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental Biology


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