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Golden dorado

The Golden Dorado is a large river fish that lives in South America. Despite having Salminus in its name, the dorado is not related to any species of salmon, nor to the saltwater fish also called dorado.


Dorado have large heads, with powerful jaws that are filled with sharp teeth. They average about long, and are golden colored. The average size of the golden dorado is about 6-25 pounds, but the largest recorded size is 68 pounds.

Distribution and Habitat

Dorado live in the warm waters of the Plata and Amazon systems in South America, specifically in Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay, Uruguay, and Bolivia.


Dorados have a wide variety of prey - fish, frogs, birds, and small mammals. One of the dorado's favorite food are sabalo, a type of schooling fish of two to six pounds.

The Dorado is highly sought-after by anglers, both for its delicious taste and fighting ability. It is, however, extremely difficult to catch. The aggressive nature of the dorado, its high jumps, and great fighting strength and stamina have created a great competitive market among anglers from all corners of the world, traversing South American waters in hopes of hooking a dorado.

Culinary Preparation

Dorados are excellent to eat and are often barbecued with tomatoes and bell peppers.


Dorado mainly travel in small groups.

Dorado in Popular Culture

The dorado is featured in the GCN game Animal Crossing as well as its two sequels, the NDS game [[Animal Crossing: Wild World]] and the Wii game [[Animal Crossing: City Folk]] as an extremely rare fish.

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