john dory fish ( Zenopsis conchifera )

Pronunciation key

( dôri )
( dōri )


n. [pl. DORIES (-iz) or (-riz)]

[Fr. dorée, lit. gilt; fem. of doré, pp. of dorer; LL. deaurare, to gild; L. de-, intens. + aurare, to gild < aurum gold].

  1. Salt water fish, small in size with golden tint and edible known by the common name, "john dory" and scientific name Zenopsis conchifera.
  2. Any relative to this species such as the wall-eyed pike.
Taxonomic Hierarchy
Zenopsis conchifera ( John Dory Fish )
Kingdom Animalia – Animal, animals
Phylum Chordata – chordates
Subphylum Vertebrata – vertebrates
Superclass Osteichthyes – bony fishes
Class Actinopterygii – ray-finned fishes, spiny rayed fishes
Subclass Neopterygii – neopterygians
Infraclass Teleostei
Superorder Acanthopterygii
Order Zeiformes – boarfishes, dories, john dories
Suborder Zeioidei
Family Zeidae Latreille, 1825 – dories, John dories, Saint-Pierre, St. Peter fish, buckler dories
Genus Zenopsis Gill, 1862
Species Zenopsis conchifera (Lowe, 1852) – buckler dory, American john dory


  • Webster's New World Dictionary of the American Language (College Edition) ©1955
  • Zenopsis conchifera, (Lowe, 1852) Taxonomic Serial No.: 166284
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