SELECT DISTINCT SPECIES.Genus AS ResultField1, SPECIES.Species AS ResultField2, SPECIES.Author AS ResultField3, SPECIES.FBname AS ResultField4, SPECIES.FamCode AS ResultField5, SPECIES.SpecCode AS ID_Field, SPECIES.Length AS ResultField6, SPECIES.LTypeMaxM AS ResultField7, SPECIES.LengthFemale AS ResultField20, SPECIES.LTypeMaxF AS ResultField21, synonyms.year, FAMILIES.CommonName, FAMILIES.Family FROM (SPECIES LEFT JOIN synonyms ON SPECIES.SpecCode = synonyms.SpecCode) INNER JOIN FAMILIES ON SPECIES.FamCode = FAMILIES.FamCode WHERE (FAMILIES.FamCode =SPECIES.FamCode) AND (synonyms.valid <> 0) And ((FAMILIES.FamCode)=419) ORDER BY species.genus, species.species Fish Identification
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Family: Istiophoridae Billfishes

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Photo by JJPhoto

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

Photo by JJPhoto
Istiompax indica
[Black marlin]

Photo by Baumeier, E.

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

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

Photo by University of Western Australia (UWA)

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

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

Photo by Chow, S.

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

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

Photo by Archambault, C.

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

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

Photo by CAFS

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

Photo by CAFS
Makaira mazara
[Indo-Pacific blue marlin]

Photo by Baumeier, E.

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

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

Photo by FAO

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

Photo by FAO
Tetrapturus angustirostris
[Shortbill spearfish]

Photo by Cruscanti, M.

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

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

Photo by FAO

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

Photo by FAO
Tetrapturus georgii
[Roundscale spearfish]

Photo by Fishpics

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

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Tetrapturus pfluegeri
[Longbill spearfish]

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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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