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A large, oval-shaped fish (Lampris guttatus) having a silvery iridescent body with red fins and edible red flesh. Also called moonfish.

[Of West African origin; akin to Igbo uba.]
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(Animals) a large soft-finned deep-sea teleost fish, Lampris regius (or luna), of the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans and the Mediterranean Sea, having a deep, brilliantly coloured body: family Lampridae. Also called: moonfish or kingfish
[C18: of West African origin]
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(ˈoʊ pə)

a large, deep-bodied, brilliantly colored oceanic food fish, Lampris guttatus.
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Noun1.opah - large elliptical brightly colored deep-sea fish of Atlantic and Pacific and Mediterraneanopah - large elliptical brightly colored deep-sea fish of Atlantic and Pacific and Mediterranean
malacopterygian, soft-finned fish - any fish of the superorder Malacopterygii
genus Lampris, Lampris - type genus of the Lampridae
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Opah observed that the implementation of the law has significantly offered Indigenous companies the opportunities to break even in the sector, but stressed that PIGB if passed into law with further support investment and increase activities in the industry.
But the opah has a unique set of blood vessels in its gills.
Also known as the Moonfish, Hawaiian moonfish or Jerusalem Haddock (Lampris guttatus), opah have large disc shaped bodies with blue and a deep red-orange upper body fading to a rosy colour on the belly, with white spots covering the sides and bright redish-orange fins.
Previous work had hinted the opah might be able to keep its eyes and brain warm.
The opah spends most of its time hundreds of feet beneath the ocean surface where the water is cold and little light penetrates.
Os iniciadores OPAH 03, OPAH 04, OPAH 11, OPAH 12, OPA 10, OPA 12, UBC 132, UBC135, UBC153, BR65, PC11, PRIMER 1, PRIMER 3, PRIMER 6, PRIMER 7 e PRIMER 15 sao indicados para estudos de diversidade em goiabeiras, utilizandose o marcador do tipo RAPD, ja que apresentaram, em media, de 5,3 marcas polimorficas.
The Opah fish - often called the moonfish - is a solitary and elusive deep-water fish.
At 5:52 pm local time on 21 November 2002, a female opah was observed on pelagic longline gear set during the day east of the Island of Hawaii.
What they heard apparently pleased some of them: Opah, or moonfish, produces firm, reddish, high-protein fillets that are low in fat and cholesterol.