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Family: Istiophoridae Billfishes



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6 species in Mediterranean and Black Sea
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6 species Mediterranean and Black Sea

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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
Kajikia albida Atlantic white marlin Atlantic Ocean 300 TL 1860
Makaira nigricans Blue marlin Atlantic Ocean 500 TL 1802
Tetrapturus belone Mediterranean spearfish Mediterranean Sea 240 TL 1810
Tetrapturus georgii Roundscale spearfish Eastern Atlantic and Medi 184 FL 1841



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