John Dory


The John Dory, also scientifically​ acknowledged as Zeus Faber, is an enigma of deep-sea curiosities. This particular fish is a part of the family Zeidae, ⁣known for their incredibly flat bodies and bizarre,⁣ predatory ways.

Conservation Status

Reassuringly, the John Dory population isn’t⁤ currently deemed endangered​ or ​under threat, allowing it to​ score no particular standing⁢ in concern lists.


Length Weight Average Lifespan
Average: 35 cm, Range: 20-65 cm Average: 3 kg, Range: ⁣1-5 kg Up to 12 years


The⁣ John ‌Dory‍ prevails extensively ⁣through the coastal waters of Europe,​ Africa, and Asia, with a few instances reported off ‍the coasts of ​New Zealand and Australia. Despite benefiting from a vast geographical distribution, there’s limited evidence concerning specific migration patterns.


This water dweller prefers ⁣saltwater​ conditions, with a⁣ versatile preference for depth – ranging anywhere from 5 meters to sunk⁢ heights‌ of 360 ​meters. Ideal temperatures for ⁣this species​ are roughly between⁣ 7 to ⁤14 degree ‌Celsius.

When and‌ Where to See

John Dory are generally ‌more active during⁣ warmer seasons, with sightings more common during sunlight hours.

Top 20 Fishing Locations

These aren’t listed in​ any​ particular order, these‌ are simply‌ locations​ known for their active John Dory presence:

  1. Bay ⁣of Biscay,⁤ French Atlantic Coast
  2. North Sea, UK
  3. Skagerrak, Sweden
  4. Adriatic Sea, Italy
  5. Tasman Sea, New Zealand
  6. Ionian Sea, Greece
  7. Aegean‍ Sea, Turkey
  8. Southern ‌Ocean, Australia
  9. Alboran Sea, Spain
  10. Baltic Sea, Germany

General Tips

To find John Dory, seek out sandy ocean ⁢floors ‍or sea grass beds.‍ They have a knack for blending into ‌their surroundings, so keep a keen eye out for their distinctive wide, flat bodies and long,⁣ sweeping dorsal fins.

How to Catch

Preferred Bait or Lures

Use small fish or squid to tempt a‍ John ‌Dory. Lure fishing⁤ can‍ also be ⁤effective.

Fishing ​Techniques

Bottom fishing is⁤ an efficient technique for catching a John Dory, ​given their⁤ preference for residing near sea floors.

Best Time of Day or Season for Fishing

Fishing for John Dory fish becomes more productive in the warmer months, ⁣particularly during daylight.

Identification Guide

John Dory are easily recognizable: they possess long, silver ​bodies with ​a ⁢unique, black spot on each side. The spot is believed to function as a false ‌eye, warding off potential predators.

Nutritional Information

John Dory fish ‌is⁤ an excellent source⁤ of dietary protein, Vitamins B and ‍D, and beneficial omega-3 fatty acids.


Despite their gloomy appearance, John Dory are aggressive‍ predators, ⁤swiftly engulfing their prey whole. Their ⁢mating habits​ aren’t ⁤clearly understood – another mystery attributed to this elusive species.

Predators and Threats

Given ⁤the habitat of the John⁢ Dory, threats typically include larger marine life such⁤ as sharks ‌and seals.

Cultural/Historical Significance

Present in Mediterranean culinary traditions, ​in many⁢ cultures ​the John⁢ Dory is associated with ​St. Peter,⁣ earns it another name “St. Peter’s fish.”

References and Further Reading

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