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Istiophorus platypterus (Shaw &. Nodder, 1792)
SAILFISH
Bayonet Fish; Bayonet-fish; Indo-Pacific Sailfish; Istiophorus gladius Bloch, 1793; Istiophorus orientalis Temminck and Schlegel, 1842; Istiophorus pulchellus Cuvier, 1832; Histiophorus orientalis Temminck and Schlegel, 1844; Histiophorus pulchellus Cuvier, 1832; Istiophorus ludibundus Whitley, 1933; Scomber gladius Bloch, 1793; Xiphias platypterus Shaw and Nodder, 1792; Pacific sailfish

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Istiophorus platypterus
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Istiophorus platypterus

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Overview
Main identification features
  • 1st dorsal fin : large long sail
  • pelvics very long, thin
A tall, long-based, sail-like dorsal fin with 42-49 rays and small second dorsal fin with 6 or 7 rays; 2 anal fins, the first with 12-17 rays and second with 6-7 rays; pectoral rays 18-20; pelvic fins extremely long, almost reaching anus, depressible into a groove; sword round.

Dark blue dorsally, light blue blotched with brown laterally, and silvery white ventrally; about 20 rows of vertical bars on sides, each composed of many light blue round spots; membrane of first dorsal fin dark blue or blackish blue, with scattered, small black spots; remaining fins blackish brown to dark blue.

Size: grows to 360 cm; all-tackle world record 100.24 Kg.

Habitat: coastal and oceanic pelagic.

Depth: 0-30 m.

Indo-Pacific in tropical and temperate seas; southern California to the lower 3/4 of the Gulf of California to Peru and the oceanic islands.


Attributes
Abundance: Common.
Cites: Not listed.
Climate Zone: North Temperate (Californian Province &/or Northern Gulf of California); Northern Subtropical (Cortez Province + Sinaloan Gap); Northern Tropical (Mexican Province to Nicaragua + Revillagigedos); Equatorial (Costa Rica to Ecuador + Galapagos, Clipperton, Cocos, Malpelo); South Temperate (Peruvian Province ).
Depth Range Max: 30 m.
Depth Range Min: 0 m.
Diet: Pelagic crustacea; bony fishes; octopus/squid/cuttlefish.
Eastern Pacific Range: Northern limit=40; Southern limit=-40; Western limit=-124; Eastern limit=-73; Latitudinal range=80; Longitudinal range=51.
Egg Type: Pelagic; Pelagic larva.
Feeding Group: Carnivore.
FishBase Habitat: Pelagic.
Global Endemism: All Pacific (West + Central + East); Indo-Pacific only (Indian + Pacific Oceans); TEP non-endemic; "Transpacific" (East + Central &/or West Pacific); All species.
Habitat: Water column.
Inshore Offshore: Offshore; Offshore Only.
IUCN Red List: Not evaluated / Listed.
Length Max: 360 cm.
Regional Endemism: Island (s); Continent; Continent + Island (s); Tropical Eastern Pacific (TEP) non-endemic; Eastern Pacific non-endemic; All species.
Residency: Resident.
Salinity: Marine; Marine Only.
Water Column Position: Mid Water; Near Surface; Surface; Water column only;


Names
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References
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