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Family: Istiophoridae Billfishes



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Indo-Pacific
Max. Length 465 cm FL
Istiompax indica (Cuvier, 1832)

Photo by Photo by JJPhoto
 
Istiompax indica
[Black marlin]



Atlantic Ocean
Max. Length 315 cm TL
Istiophorus albicans (Latreille, 1804)

Photo by Photo by Baumeier, E.
 
Istiophorus albicans
[Atlantic sailfish]



Indo-Pacific
Max. Length 348 cm FL
Istiophorus platypterus (Shaw, 1792)

Photo by Photo by University of Western Australia (UWA)
 
Istiophorus platypterus
[Indo-Pacific sailfish]



Atlantic Ocean
Max. Length 300 cm TL
Kajikia albida (Poey, 1860)

Photo by Photo by Chow, S.
 
Kajikia albida
[Atlantic white marlin]



Indo-Pacific
Max. Length 420 cm TL
Kajikia audax (Philippi, 1887)

Photo by Photo by Archambault, C.
 
Kajikia audax
[Striped marlin]



Indo-Pacific
Max. Length 500 cm TL
Makaira mazara (Jordan & Snyder, 1901)

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Makaira mazara
[Indo-Pacific blue marlin]



Atlantic Ocean
Max. Length 500 cm TL
Makaira nigricans Lacepède, 1802

Photo by Photo by Baumeier, E.
 
Makaira nigricans
[Blue marlin]



Indian and Pacific
Max. Length 230 cm TL
Tetrapturus angustirostris Tanaka, 1915

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Tetrapturus angustirostris
[Shortbill spearfish]



Mediterranean Sea
Max. Length 240 cm TL
Tetrapturus belone Rafinesque, 1810

Photo by Photo by Cruscanti, M.
 
Tetrapturus belone
[Mediterranean spearfish]



Eastern Atlantic and Medi
Max. Length 184 cm FL
Tetrapturus georgii Lowe, 1841

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Tetrapturus georgii
[Roundscale spearfish]



Atlantic Ocean
Max. Length 254 cm FL
Tetrapturus pfluegeri Robins & de Sylva, 1963

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Tetrapturus pfluegeri
[Longbill spearfish]



11 species

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Scientific Name English Name Distribution Max. Length (cm) Year
Istiompax indica Black marlin Indo-Pacific 465 FL 1832
Istiophorus albicans Atlantic sailfish Atlantic Ocean 315 TL 1804
Istiophorus platypterus Indo-Pacific sailfish Indo-Pacific 348 FL 1792
Kajikia albida Atlantic white marlin Atlantic Ocean 300 TL 1860
Kajikia audax Striped marlin Indo-Pacific 420 TL 1887
Makaira mazara Indo-Pacific blue marlin Indo-Pacific 500 TL 1901
Makaira nigricans Blue marlin Atlantic Ocean 500 TL 1802
Tetrapturus angustirostris Shortbill spearfish Indian and Pacific 230 TL 1915
Tetrapturus belone Mediterranean spearfish Mediterranean Sea 240 TL 1810
Tetrapturus georgii Roundscale spearfish Eastern Atlantic and Medi 184 FL 1841
Tetrapturus pfluegeri Longbill spearfish Atlantic Ocean 254 FL 1963



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