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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In other words, India and southeast Asia. Short description Morphology Morphometrics Dorsal spines total: It is blue on top and white below, with rows of light blue iztiophorus, and its color can vary based on its excitement level. Although not formerly listed as threatened or endangered, Indo-Pacific sailfish are considered a data-poor fishery by the Indian Ocean Tuna Commission due to the increased fishing pressure the species experiences there, with an average annual catch between to estimated at 26, metric tons.

Istiophorus platypterus resource”, In waters of the Pacific Ocean, the maximum size for the sailfish is recorded at inches cm total length and around pounds kg in weight. An annotated and illustrated catalogue of marlins, sailfishes, spearfishes and swordfishes known to date.

Transboundary Istiophorrus of Sailfish Istiophorus pplatypterusoff the pacific coast of Central America. The ADW Team gratefully acknowledges their support. Billfishes in an ecosystem context. To cite this page: During several longline cruises of Japanese research vessels in the eastern North Pacific Ocean, adult I.


They are opportunistic feeders and eat whenever possible. Billfishes of the World. This highly recognizable fish can grow to be over 10 feet long, including its elongated bill and its forked caudal fin.

Indo-Pacific sailfish

Aside from hunting schools of small fish, Indo-Pacific sailfish are also opportunistic feeders, occasionally preying on neritic and benthic prey, a behavior similar to other billfish such as blue marlinswordfishand striped marlin. Parasites as biological tags for sailfish Istiophorus platypterus from east coast Australian waters. Most densely distributed in waters close to coasts and islands Ref.

Ethiopian living in sub-Saharan Africa south of 30 degrees north and Madagascar. The eggs contain a small globule of oil that provides nourishment for the developing embryo.

Indo-Pacific sailfish – Wikipedia

Billfishes of the world. Spawning has been observed year-round in the eastern Atlantic, with a peak in the summer months. How sailfish use their bills to capture schooling prey. FishBase September, http: Recreational fishers must obtain a permit from NOAA fisheries for fishing in federal waters platyprerus state regulations may also apply.

Their fusiform body is long, platypherus, and remarkably streamlined. Accessed May 24, at http: This page was last edited on 1 Octoberat Conservation Status The National Marine Fisheries Service manages the sailfish under the authority of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act to insure the long-term sustainability of fishery stocks.

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The habitat of this species is strikingly different from that of the closely related Tetrapturus angustirostris which does not usually occur within km off the coast, while M. However, the sailfish is highly sought after by recreational fishermen.


They are generally used for balancing and braking. Distinctive Features The upper jaw is modified into a long bill which is circular in cross section.

Like other bony fish, this species has a lateral plafypterus used to sense movement and pressure changes in the environment and otoliths in their ear canals assist in detecting auditory stimuli. Predators Dolphinfish and other large predatory fishes as well as seabirds feed on the platyprerus. Two dorsal and anal fins are present. In the western Pacific, the distribution of postlarvae and adults appears to be closely related to the Kuroshio Current, and the densest concentrations seem to coincide with the spawning season.

They are also fairly abundant off the northern coast of Australia and around the Hawaiian Islands, India and Sri Lanka, but have been seldom seen off the Pacific coast of South America from Peru to Chile. The pelvic fins have one spine and multiple soft rays fused together.