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Kidadl Team

AUGUST 05, 2021

Fin-tastic Facts About The John Dory For Kids

Read these John Dory facts about this interesting fish!

John Dory fish usually prefer living in low, moderate temperatures and are from the Zeidae family. They live in coastal areas and can be easily found on the coasts of New Zealand, Australia, Japan, and Europe. They can also be spotted in coastal areas of Africa. The John Dory is a hard, olive green fish with eyes on the top of its head and dark black spots on its side, which helps in confusing its predators.

They have 10 spines and silver-white bellies. The John Dory fish has an average lifespan of approximately 12 years and the main threats to a John Dory fish are sharks such as the dusky shark and large bony fish.

John Dory fish are considered to be one of the most expensive and most premium seafood. choices. The John Dory can be eaten in many ways: they can be pan-fried, baked whole, steamed, grilled, poached, or roasted. Continue reading for more John Dory fish facts for kids, and, if you liked this article, then you must also give a read to our guides to plaice and flounder.

John Dory Interesting Facts

What type of animal is a John Dory?

John Dory is a fish from the Animalia kingdom with the scientific name Zeus faber.

What class of animal does a John Dory belong to?

John Dory is a fish belonging to the Actinopterygii class from the Zeidae family. They are also known as St. Peter's fish.

How many John Dories are there in the world?

There is no absolute population status known for John Dory fish. However, we do know that there are five subspecies of Dory fish and more than 30,000 species of fish.

Where does a John Dory live?

John Dory fish live in oceans and seas. John Dory fish are benthopelagic fish, meaning they dwell on the mid-bottom levels of oceans and seas. These coastal fish are found on the coasts of Africa, Australia, South East Asia, New Zealand, Japan, and Europe. They are found in both the Atlantic Ocean and the Eastern Pacific Ocean.

What is a John Dory's habitat?

John Dory are coastal fish from the Zeus genus. They live in low to moderate temperatures and can be found on the coast of Africa, South East Asia, New Zealand, Australia, Japan, and Europe.

Who does John Dories live with?

John Dory fish prefer living alone rather than in a group. They live in the deep ocean or sea alone in their own constructed or founded place underwater. Here they are relatively safe from their main predators, bony fish.

How long does a John Dory live?

The average life span of a John Dory is known to be 12 years.

How do they reproduce?

A John Dory fish reaches maturity at the age of three to four years. During their breeding season, they come into groups for mating. The female fish releases and scatters her eggs on the seabed and, at the same time, male fish release sperm to fertilize them externally. This process happens simultaneously.

What is their conservation status?

According to the IUCN, there is no specific data recorded. Therefore, their status is Not Evaluated.

John Dory Fun Facts

What do John Dories look like?

John Dory fish have sharp scales on their bodies and are olive-green in color. They have silver-white bellies and their white color resembles that of pearls. The fish has one dark black spot on one side, which is scooped up in its big mouth. Its eyes are embedded on the top of its head, which in turn helps in confusing large bony fishes.

Dory fish are very commonly bought and consumed as they are very affordable.
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How cute are they?

John Dory are quite attractive fish among other marine animals. Their beautiful pair of large eyes make them all the more adorable, while the dark spot on the side is another cute feature.

How do they communicate?

John Dory fish are usually solitary fish that tend to spend most of their time by themselves. They communicate through sounds. They make bark-like sounds at frequencies of 500 Hz.

How big is a John Dory?

A John Dory is 2 ft (65 cm) long and weighs about 6-11 lb (3-5 kg), which makes them medium-sized fish. They are bigger than a few marine animals, namely, the betta fish or the bumblebee goby.

How fast can a John Dory swim?

The exact speed of the John Dory is not known. However, what is known is that they are slow when it comes to swimming, but their camouflage abilities compensate for this lack of speed.

How much does a John Dory weigh?

The minimum weight of John Dory is 6 lb (3 kg), while the maximum may reach up to 11 lb (5 kg). They are medium-sized fish usually found in the Atlantic and Eastern Pacific oceans.

What are their male and female names of the species?

There is no specific name given to a John Dory male or a female. The main difference between males and females is that a female John Dory is bigger than a male.

What would you call a baby John Dory?

Baby John Dory fish are generally referred to as offspring or juveniles.

What do they eat?

A John Dory tends to prey on small fish species such as sardines, baitfish, and occasionally on small squid and cuttlefish.

Are they dangerous?

They are quite dangerous to the smaller fish who they prey on in coastal areas.

Would they make a good pet?

John Dory fish do not make good pets. They are slow and great at camouflage and they belong in the wild.

Did you know...

One of the most interesting John Dory facts for kids is that they have one big black eye, which helps scare off and confuse their predators.

One of the best St Peter's John Dory fish facts is that they are very cheap to grow and sell. This might explain why they are so popular in the world of food!

Eating John Dory fish

This St Peter's fish can be eaten in many ways. You can often buy it from your local fishmonger and you can cook it in multiple ways: it can be pan-fried, grilled, baked whole, steamed, poached or roasted. It is very important to cook it properly to achieve and enjoy an authentic taste and flavor. Many people think that it tastes better with a flaky or crunchy add-on, like a good piece of bread. You can even pan-fry it with a dash of salt and pepper and serve it with a delightful stock. Wondering what it tastes like? This fish tastes very buttery and almost melts in your mouth when it is cooked right. It is very moist and has a mildly sweet flavor.

Why is it called a John Dory fish?

This sea fish got its name from the French 'Jaune Doré', which means 'golden yellow'. They are also known as St. Pierre or St Peter's fish.

Here at Kidadl, we have carefully created lots of interesting family-friendly animal facts for everyone to discover! Learn more about some other fish, including the pilchard or the ladyfish.

You can even occupy yourself at home by drawing one on our Fish coloring pages.

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