Istiophorus amarui Curtis, Istiophorus gladius greyi Nichols & Murphy, Istiophoru greyii de Buen, Istiophorus platypterus Whitehead, A Sailfish, Istiophorus platypterus, hunting sardines off the coast of Mexico. Source: Peter G. Allinson, M.D. / Marine Photobank. License: CC BY Attribution-. Indo-Pacific sailfish (Istiophorus platypterus) can be found in both temperate and tropical waters throughout the world’s oceans. They generally have a tropical.

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ADW: Istiophorus platypterus: INFORMATION

Pelvic fins are thoracic in position and up to 10 cm in length. It should be noted that the catch statistics given for this species by Japanese longliners include Tetrapturus angustirostrisbut that the share of the latter species in these catches is quite negligible.

As a broadcast spawning species, Indo-Pacific sailfish do not provide any investment for their offspring. X Close Image credit.

Species Image Gallery prev next. Sailfish in the Pacific region istiophorhs on fishes and cephalopods including squid. Their fusiform body is long, compressed, and remarkably streamlined.

Atlantic Ocean the body of water between Africa, Europe, the southern ocean above 60 degrees south latitudeand the western hemisphere. During mating, a male and female pair up and swim platypgerus and release both their eggs and sperm into the water column.

The body colouration is predominantly metallic blue, darker on the upperparts and lighter on the sides, with around 20 bluish vertical bars along the flanks, along with diffuse brown markings 2 3. There are no known adverse effects of Indo-Pacific sailfish on humans.


Marshall Cavendish, New York. These seasonal changes in distribution may be directly linked to prey movement. In otherwords, Europe and Asia and northern Africa. The total world catch was 10 t in7 t in7 t in6 t in and 7 t in Utilized fresh, smoked and frozen; also used for sashimi and sushi; eaten broiled and baked Ref. Analysis of sex-specific spawning biomass per recruit of the sailfish Istiophorus platypterus in the waters off eastern Taiwan. Launch the Aquatic Species Distribution map viewer.

Billfishes of the World Distinctive Features The upper jaw is istiophours into a long bill which is circular in cross section. In the East China Sea, the Indo-Pacific sailfish migrates northward in summer and returns southward in autumn where it overwinters in the southernmost area; fish under cm eye-fork length move into the area between May and July while those istiophorks cm migrate southward out of the area, probably for spawning.

Atlantic sailfish Indo-Pacific sailfish. The first dorsal fin is large, much taller than the width of the body. During this time, these fish can spawn multiple times.

FAO Fisheries & Aquaculture – Aquatic species

Fisheries iatiophorus Aquaculture Department. The anal fin base is white. English language common names include Atlantic sailfish, billfish, Indo-Pacific sailfish, ocean gar, ocean guard, Pacific sailfish, and sailfish. Accessed December 31, at https: These fish are generally considered a prized sport fish, and their meat is often used for sashimi and sushi in Japan.


Terms of Use – The displayed portlet may be used as a link from your website to Arkive’s online content for private, scientific, conservation or educational purposes istiophrous. Inan estimated 28, metric tons of Indo-Pacific sailfish were caught within the Indian Ocean.

Nearctic living in the Nearctic biogeographic province, the northern part of the New World. Indo-Pacific sailfish breed year round in the thermocline layer.

Indo-Pacific sailfish

Distinctive Features The upper jaw is modified into a long bill which is circular in cross section. Bulletin of Marine Science 79 3: First dorsal fin sail-like and remarkably higher than greatest body depth; pelvic fins very long, nearly reaching to anus, with a well developed membrane.

Shaw and Nodder first described the Atlantic sailfish in and assigned it the species name Xiphias platypterus. Double jeapardy for threatened tunas, mackerels and billfishes. Billfishes of the world. Share on Facebook Tweet Send email. Hoolihan and Luo, ; Mourato, et al. High to very high vulnerability 68 of MyARKive offers the scrapbook feature to signed-up members, allowing you to organize your favourite Arkive images and videos and share them with friends.

Once they approach their prey, they turn their bill quickly and hit the prey, stunning or killing it.