Family Xiphiidae - Swordfish
No. in FishBase
Genera : 1 | Species : 1 Eschmeyer's Catalog of Fishes
Fresh : No | Brackish : No | Marine : Yes
  First Fossil Record
lower   Tertiary     Paleocene
Ref..   Berg, L.S. 1958
Distribution: tropical and subtropical waters. Premaxilla and nasal bones extremely elongated, forming a pointed, depressed, sharp-edged sword. Gill membranes not united to isthmus. Adults scaleless. No pelvic fins and girdle. Adults lacking jaw teeth. One median keel on each side of the caudal peduncle in adults. Vertebrae 26. Maximum length 4.5 m. The morphological adaptations required for maintaining high brain and retinal temperatures are discussed in Brock et al. 1993 Science 260:210-214. Of high commercial value.
Greek, xiphos = sword. 1667 ( Ref. 45335).
  Reproductive guild
  Typical activity level
very active
  Main Ref
  Deep Fin Classification
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Species/Synonymy list for the family Xiphiidae as currently in FishBase

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The list ordered as follows:

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Scientifc name Status Senior/Junior synonym Combination CofF
Xiphias gladius Linnaeus, 1758
! Xiphasia gladius (Linnaeus, 1758)
! Xyphias gladius Linnaeus, 1758
Xiphias imperator Bloch & Schneider, 1801
Tetrapterus imperator (Bloch & Schneider, 1801)
Xiphias rondeletii Leach, 1814
! Xiphias rondeletti Leach, 1814
Xiphias estara Phillipps, 1932
Xiphias gladius estara Phillipps, 1932
synonymjuniorchange in rank
Xiphias thermaicus Serbetis, 1951
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