Opah Publications

Selected publications and additional reading (SWFSC publications in bold) regarding opah: 


  • Choy C.A. and J.C. Drazen. 2013. Plastic for dinner? Observations of frequent debris ingestion by pelagic predatory fishes from the central North Pacific. Mar Ecol Prog Ser 485:155-163. The previous link is a link to Non-Federal government web site. Click to review NOAA Fisheries Disclaimer

  • Choy, C.A., E. Portner, M. Iwane, and J.C. Drazen. 2013. The diets of five important predatory mesopelagic fishes of the central North Pacific. Mar Ecol Prog Ser 492: 169-184.The previous link is a link to Non-Federal government web site. Click to review NOAA Fisheries Disclaimer

  • Choy, C.A., B.N. Popp, J.J. Kaneko, and J.C. Drazen. 2009. The influence of depth on mercury levels in pelagic fishes and their prey. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA 106:13865-13869. The previous link is a link to Non-Federal government web site. Click to review NOAA Fisheries Disclaimer

  • Francis, M., L. Griggs, and C.O. Maolagain. 2004. Growth rate, age at maturity, longevity and natural mortality rate of moonfish (Lampris guttatus). Final Research Report for Ministry of Fisheries Research Project TUN2003-01, National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research.The previous link is a link to Non-Federal government web site. Click to review NOAA Fisheries Disclaimer

  • Hawn, D.R., and B.B. Collette. 2012. What are the maximum size and live body coloration of opah (Teleostei: Lampridae: Lampris species)? Ichtyol Res 59:272-275.  

  • Hawn, D.R., M.P. Seki, and R. Nishimoto. 2002. An estimation of the life history and ecology of opah and Monchong in the North Pacific. A working document submitted to the 15th Meeting of the Standing Committee on Tuna and Billfish, Honolulu, Hawaii, 22-27 July 2002.The previous link is a link to Non-Federal government web site. Click to review NOAA Fisheries Disclaimer

  • Hawn D.R., M. Seki, R. Nishimoto, E. Howell, and J. Polovina. 2003. Status of research on the biology and ecology of opah, Lampris guttatus. Joint Institute of Marine and Atmospheric Reserach (JIMAR) and National Marine Fisheries Service.The previous link is a link to Non-Federal government web site. Click to review NOAA Fisheries Disclaimer

  • Hyde, J. R., K.E. Underkoffler, and M.A. Sundberg. 2014. DNA barcoding provides support for a cryptic species complex within the globally distributed and fishery important opah (Lampris guttatus). Mol Ecol Res,14: 1239–1247. 

  • Jackson G.D., N.G. Buxton, and M.J.A. George. 2000. The diet of the southern Opah Lampris immaculatus on the Patagonian Shelf; the significance of the squid Moroteuthis ingens and anthropogenic plasticMar Ecol Prog Ser 206: 261-271. The previous link is a link to Non-Federal government web site. Click to review NOAA Fisheries Disclaimer

  • Olney, J.E., G.D. Johnson, and C.C. Baldwin. 1993. Phylogeny of lampridiform fishes. Bulletin of Marine Science 52(1): 137-169.

  • Orkin, P. A. 1950. A history of the opah, Lampris guttatus (Brünnich). Scottish Naturalist 62(3):129-141.

  • Polovina, J.J., D.R. Hawn, and M. Abecassis. 2008. Vertical movement and habitat of Opah (Lampris guttatus) in the central North Pacific recorded with pop-up archival tags. Marine Biology 153:257–267.The previous link is a link to Non-Federal government web site. Click to review NOAA Fisheries Disclaimer

  • Ralph, R.R. and G. Kawamura. 2002. Olfactory organs of two pelagic teleost fish--opah (Lampris guttatus) and dolphinfish (Coryphaena hippurus). South Pacific Study 22 (2).

  • Rosenblatt, R.H. and G.D. Johnson. 1976. Anatomical considerations of pectoral swimming in the opah, Lampris guttatus. Copeia 1976 (2): 367-370.

  • Runcie, R. M., Dewar, H., Hawn, D. R., Frank, L. R. and Dickson, K. A., 2009. Evidence for cranial endothermy in the opah (Lampris guttatus). Journal of Experimental Biology. 212, 461-470.

  • Russo, J. L. 1981. Field guide to fishes commonly taken in longline operations in western North Atlantic. NOAA Tech. Rep. NMFS Circular 435, p 50.

  • Wegner, N.C., Snodgrass, O.E., Dewar, H., and J.R. Hyde. 2015. Whole-body endothermy in a mesopelagic fish, the opah, Lampris guttatus. Science, 348 (6236): 786-789.




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