Dory, a saltwater fish. Dories are found in temperate to warm waters throughout the world. Some species are found only in shallow water; others, in water of considerable depth. Dories have thin, oval bodies with dorsal (back) spines. The head is large and has a protruding mouth and large eyes. Dories feed on fish and shrimp.

There are 10 species of dories. The red dory, native to deep waters of the Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian Oceans, has reddish scales. It is six inches (15 cm) long. The mirror dory, native to the Pacific Ocean, is silver with some black on its head. It is 19 inches (48 cm) long. Mirror dories are commercially fished off Australia and New Zealand. The John dory, native to European waters, is an excellent food fish. .)

Dories belong to the family Zeidae. The red dory is Cyttopsis rosea; the mirror dory, Zenopsis nebulosa; the John dory, Zeus faber.