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Family: Istiophoridae Billfishes



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6 species in Mediterranean and Black Sea
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Indo-Pacific
Max. Length 465 cm FL
Istiompax indica (Cuvier, 1832)

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Istiompax indica
[Black marlin]



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

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Istiophorus albicans
[Atlantic sailfish]



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

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Kajikia albida
[Atlantic white marlin]



Atlantic Ocean
Max. Length 500 cm TL
Makaira nigricans Lacep├Ęde, 1802

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Makaira nigricans
[Blue marlin]



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

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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]



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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