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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This includes Greenland, the Canadian Arctic islands, and all of the North American as far south as the highlands of central Mexico. 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. In the western Pacific, the distribution of postlarvae and istiophofus appears to be closely related to the Kuroshio Current, and the densest concentrations seem to coincide with the spawning season.

Find out more Find out more about conservation of the Indo-Pacific sailfish and other billfish species: Furthermore, these fish serve as hosts for symbionts, as their stomach can be infected by the parasitic copepods Plannella instructa and the flatworms Callitetrarhynchus gracilis and Floriceps minacanthus. Embed this Arkive thumbnail link “portlet” by copying and pasting the code below.

Istiophorus platypterus resource”, Pectoral fins In fish, the pair of platypterue that are found one on each side of the body just behind the gills. In the Atlantic, sailfish has little value as a commercial fishery, with the meat being relatively tough and rarely sold unless smoked.


Crustaceans Diverse group of arthropods a phylum of animals with jointed limbs and a hard chitinous exoskeleton characterised by the possession of two pairs of antennae, one pair of mandibles mouthparts used for handling and processing food and two pairs of maxillae appendages used in eating, which are located behind the mandibles.

The head contains many spines: In sportsfishing this species is caught by surface trolling. Istiophoruw 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.

Predators Dolphinfish and other large predatory fishes as well as seabirds feed on the sailfish. The males and females swim in pairs or two to three males pursue a female during spawning. The Indo-Pacific sailfish is capable of tremendous bursts of speed over short iwtiophorus, making it one of the fastest—if not the fastest—of all fish species.

Cerdenares-Ladron de Guevara, Ietiophorus. Indo-Pacific sailfish either hunt alone or in small groups. Spawning occurs with males and females swimming in pairs or with two or three males chasing a single female probably a mating behavior.

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A large female may release 4, eggs while spawning. Importance to Humans Sailfish. Summary page Point data Common names Photos.


The Indo-Pacific sailfish is an epipelagic and oceanic species,usually found above the thermocline. Olive ridley turtle Lepidochelys olivacea. The pelvic fins have one spine and multiple soft rays fused together. A Isfiophorus, Istiophorus platypterus, hunting sardines off the coast of Mexico.

All species have grasping tentacles, and platyppterus an internal or external shell. The ADW Team gratefully acknowledges their support. Sailfish are not as highly valued as marlin, and are usually released. Scale size decreases with maturity and scales are nearly absent in adults.

Accessed April 19, at https: A revision of the sailfish genus Istiophorus. Utilized fresh, smoked and frozen; also used for sashimi and sushi; eaten broiled and baked Ref. Indo-Pacific sailfish have an estimated maximum lifespan of 13 to istiophorhs years; however, the average age of catch and release specimens is 4 to 5 years. Longevity and age validation of a tag-recaptured Atlantic sailfish Istiophorus platypterususing dorsal spines and otoliths. Individuals swim in dense schools structured by size as juveniles and organize into small groups as adults.

Marine; pelagic-oceanic; oceanodromous Ref. Determining summer residence status and vertical habitat use of sailfish Istiophorus platypterus in the Arabian Gulf.

Phylogenetic diversity index Ref. Both are short and concave. Other records over 85 kg are the following:

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