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Istiophorus platypterus (Atlantic sailfish; Sail-fish; Sailfish; Sailfin; Sail fish; Peacock fish; Pacific sailfish; Japanese sailfish; Indo-Pacific sailfish; Indian sailfish; Indian sail fish; Bayonet fish; Billfish; Spike fish; Boohoo)

Synonyms: Histiophorus dubius; Histiophorus gladius; Histiophorus immaculatus; Histiophorus indicus; Histiophorus orientalis; Istiophorus amarui; Istiophorus brookei; Istiophorus dubius; Istiophorus eriquius; Istiophorus gladifer; Istiophorus gladius; Istiophorus gladius greyi; Istiophorus gladus; Istiophorus greyi; Istiophorus greyii; Istiophorus immaculatus; Istiophorus japonicus; Istiophorus ludibundus; Istiophorus orientalis; Istiophorus triactis; Scomber gladius; Xiphias platypterus; Xiphias velifer
Language: Aceh; Afrikaans; Arabic; Bahasa Indonesia; Bikol; Bolinao; Carolinian; Cebuano; Chavacano; Creole, French; Danish; Davawenyo; Dutch; Fijian; Finnish; French; Gela; German; Gujarati; Hawaiian; Hiligaynon; Ilokano; Japanese; Javanese; Kiribati; Komoro; Korean; Mahl; Malagasy; Malay; Malayalam; Mandarin Chinese; Maranao/Samal/Tao Sug; Marathi; Marshallese; Misima-Paneati; Niuean; Norwegian; Other; Palauan; Pangasinan; Persian; Polish; Portuguese; Rapa; Russian; Samoan; Sinhalese; Somali; Spanish; Surigaonon; Swahili; Swedish; Tagalog; Tahitian; Tamil; Tobian; Tokelauan; Tongan; Tuvaluan; Vietnamese; Visayan; Waray-waray; Wolof

Wikipedia Abstract

The Indo-Pacific sailfish (Istiophorus platypterus) is a sailfish native to the Indian and Pacific Oceans.
View Wikipedia Record: Istiophorus platypterus

Attributes

Adult Weight [1]  121.50 lbs (55.11 kg)
Maximum Longevity [3]  13 years
Migration [2]  Oceanodromous
Speed [4]  68.34 MPH (30.55 m/s)

Protected Areas

Name IUCN Category Area acres Location Species Website Climate Land Use
Alto Golfo de California y Delta del Rio Colorado Biosphere Reserve VI 2320468 Sonora, Mexico  
Archipelago de Colon Biosphere Reserve 34336011 Galapagos Islands, Ecuador  
Christmas Island National Park II 21698 Christmas Island, Australia
Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary IV 2387149 Florida, United States
Padre Island National Seashore II 42068 Texas, United States
Reserva de la Biosfera de Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve VI 1312618 Mexico  
Ujung Kulon National Park II 313466 Java, Indonesia    

Prey / Diet

Caranx crysos (Yellow tail cavalli)[5]
Chimaera monstrosa (Chimaera)[5]
Coilia dussumieri (gold spotted grenadier anchovy)[6]
Coryphaena equiselis (Small dolphin)[5]
Decapterus maruadsi (White-tipped mackerel scad)[5]
Decapterus russelli (Three-lined grunter)[5]
Dosidicus gigas (jumbo squid)[7]
Engraulis encrasicolus (Southern African anchovy)[5]
Euthynnus alletteratus (Little tunny)[5]
Exocoetus volitans (Blue flying fish)[5]
Genypterus brasiliensis (Cuskeel)[5]
Illex illecebrosus (northern shortfin squid)[8]
Lagocephalus lagocephalus (oceanic puffer)[7]
Rastrelliger kanagurta (longjawed mackerel)[6]
Sardinella brasiliensis (Scale sardine)[5]
Scomber japonicus (Striped mackerel)[7]
Selar crumenophthalmus (Steenbrass)[7]
Selene setapinnis (Sunfish)[5]
Stolephorus commersonnii (Commerson's anchovy)[6]
Thryssa mystax (Mustached thryssa)[6]
Trichiurus lepturus (Atlantic Cutlassfish)[6]

Prey / Diet Overlap

Competing SpeciesCommon Prey Count
Acanthocybium solandri (Wahoo fish)1
Arctocephalus philippii (Juan Fernández Fur Seal)1
Arctocephalus townsendi (Guadalupe Fur Seal)1
Bothus lunatus (Solefish)1
Calonectris diomedea (Scopoli's Shearwater)1
Carcharhinus falciformis (Silky shark)1
Carcharhinus signatus (Shark)1
Centroscyllium fabricii (Black dogfish)1
Cephaloscyllium umbratile (Swell shark)1
Congresox talabonoides (Indian putyekanipa)1
Coryphaena hippurus (Mahi-mahi)3
Cynoscion guatucupa (Stripped weakfish)1
Cynoscion nothus (Silver weakfish)1
Delphinus capensis (Long-beaked Common Dolphin)1
Gadus morhua (rock cod)1
Globicephala melas (Long-finned Pilot Whale)1
Harpadon nehereus (Bombay duck)2
Himantura bleekeri (Whiptail stingray)1
Hippoglossus stenolepis (Pacific halibut)1
Istiompax indica (Marlin)1
Isurus oxyrinchus (Short-finned mako)2
Kajikia audax (Stripey)3
Katsuwonus pelamis (White bonito)1
Lagenorhynchus obliquidens (Pacific White-sided Dolphin)1
Lagenorhynchus obscurus (Dusky Dolphin)1
Lamna ditropis (Salmon shark)1
Lamna nasus (Porbeagle shark)1
Larus argentatus (Herring Gull)1
Larus marinus (Great Black-backed Gull)1
Leptomelanosoma indicum (Indian threadfin)1
Lutjanus argentiventris (yellowtail snapper)1
Lutjanus synagris (Walliacke)1
Macrodon ancylodon (Yellow mouth salmon)1
Makaira mazara (black spearfish)1
Merluccius gayi peruanus (Hake)1
Otolithoides biauritus (Jew fish)1
Phoca vitulina (Harbor Seal)1
Physeter macrocephalus (Sperm Whale)1
Pollachius virens (Sillock)1
Polyprion americanus (Wreck-fish)1
Prionace glauca (Tribon blou)2
Puffinus gravis (Greater Shearwater)1
Puffinus griseus (Sooty Shearwater)1
Rachycentron canadum (Sergent fish)1
Reinhardtius hippoglossoides (Turbot)1
Rhizoprionodon lalandii (Sharpnose shark)1
Rhizoprionodon longurio (Pacific sharp-nose shark)1
Sarda orientalis (Striped tuna)1
Saurida undosquamis (Brushtooth lizardfish)2
Scomberomorus niphonius (Spotted Spanish mackerel)1
Scomberomorus regalis (painted mackerel)1
Scomberomorus sierra (Mexican sierra)1
Selene peruviana (Jack)1
Seriola rivoliana (Pacific amberjack)1
Sphyrna lewini (Southern hammerhead shark)1
Stenella attenuata (Pantropical Spotted Dolphin)2
Sula leucogaster (Brown Booby)1
Sula nebouxii (Blue-footed Booby)2
Synodus foetens (Soapfish)1
Terapon jarbua (Tiger-perch)1
Thunnus thynnus (horse mackerel)1
Trichiurus lepturus (Atlantic Cutlassfish)1
Trichiurus margarites (hairtail)2
Tursiops truncatus (Bottlenosed Dolphin)1
Urophycis chuss (Squirrel hake)1
Xiphias gladius (Swordfish)1
Zalophus californianus (California Sealion)1
Zalophus wollebaeki (Galapagos Sea Lion)1
Zapteryx exasperata (Striped guitarfish)1
Zeus faber (European john dory)1

Predators

Orcinus orca (Killer Whale)[5]

Consumers

Parasitized by 
Angionematobothrium jugulare <Unverified Name>[9]
Bothriocephalus manubriformis[9]
Caballerocotyla marielenae[9]
Callitetrarhynchus gracilis[9]
Capsala pricei[10]
Capsaloides istiophori[9]
Capsaloides mariaelenae <Unverified Name>[9]
Capsaloides perugiai[10]
Capsaloides sinusatus <Unverified Name>[9]
Capsaloides tetrapteri[9]
Cardicola grandis <Unverified Name>[9]
Contracaecum incurvum <Unverified Name>[9]
Cypseluritrematoides triangularis <Unverified Name>[9]
Dinurus scombri[9]
Floriceps minacanthus[9]
Glomeritrema subcuticola <Unverified Name>[9]
Hirudinella marina <Unverified Name>[9]
Hirudinella ventricosa[9]
Hysterothylacium histiophori <Unverified Name>[9]
Hysterothylacium incurvum <Unverified Name>[9]
Makairatrema musculicola <Unverified Name>[9]
Maricostula histiophori <Unverified Name>[9]
Metadidymozoon branchiale <Unverified Name>[9]
Neodidymozooides microstoma <Unverified Name>[9]
Neodidymozoon macrostoma <Unverified Name>[9]
Neodidymozoon medistoma <Unverified Name>[9]
Nuitrema strigeiformis <Unverified Name>[9]
Nybelinia indica[9]
Orophocotyle planci[9]
Otobothrium dipsacus[9]
Parahemiurus merus[9]
Parahemiurus sardinae <Unverified Name>[9]
Paranisakis multipapillus <Unverified Name>[9]
Paranisakis striatus <Unverified Name>[9]
Proemotobothrium southwelli[9]
Pseudotobothrium dipsacum[9]
Pterobothrium heteracanthum[9]
Rhadinorhynchus pristis[9]
Tristomella megacotyle <Unverified Name>[9]
Tristomella ovalis <Unverified Name>[9]
Tristomella pricei[9]
Unitubulotestis istiophorusi <Unverified Name>[9]
Xystretrum papillosum <Unverified Name>[10]
Xystretum papillosum <Unverified Name>[9]

Distribution

Admiralty Islands; Agulhas Current; American Samoa; Andaman Island; Andaman Sea; Arabian Sea; Atlantic Ocean; Atlantic, Eastern Central; Atlantic, Northwest; Atlantic, Southeast; Atlantic, Southwest; Atlantic, Western Central; Australia; Bahrain; Bangladesh; Bay of Bengal; Benguela Current; California Current; Cambodia; Canary Current; Caribbean Sea; Chagos Islands; Chile; China; Christmas Island (Aust.); Colombia; Comoros; Cook Islands; Coral Sea and GBR; Costa Rica; Cuba; Djibouti; East Central Australian Shelf; East China Sea; Easter Island; Ecuador; Egypt; El Salvador; Eritrea; Fiji Islands; French Polynesia; Galapagos Islands; Great Barrier Reef; Guam; Guatemala; Gulf of Aden; Gulf of Aqaba; Gulf of Mexico; Gulf of Oman; Gulf of Thailand; Hawaii (USA); Honduras; Hong Kong; Humboldt Current; India; Indian Ocean; Indian Ocean, Eastern; Indian Ocean, Western; Indo-Pacific: tropical and temperate waters approximately 45°- 50°N and 40°-35°S in the western Pacific, 35°N and 35°S in the eastern Pacific; 45°S in western Indian Ocean and 35°S in eastern Indian Ocean. Entered Mediterranean Sea from Red sea via Suez; Indo-Pacific: tropical and temperate waters approximately 45°- 50°N and 40°-35°S in the western Pacific, 35°N and 35°S in the eastern Pacific; 45°S in western Indian Ocean and 35°S in eastern Indian Ocean. Entered Mediterranean Sea from Red sea via Suez Canal. Highly migratory species, Annex I of the 1982 Convention on the Law of the Sea (Ref. 26139). Some authors recognize a single worldwide species, <i>Istiophorus platypterus</i> (Shaw & Nodder 1792) but we follow Nakamura 1990 (Ref. 10820) retaining the usage of <i>Istiophorus platypterus</i> for the Indo-Pacific sailfish and <i>Istiophorus albicans</i> for the Atlantic sailfish in recognition of the differences between them.; Indonesia; Indonesian Sea; Insular Pacific-Hawaiian; Iran (Islamic Rep. of); Iraq; Japan; Jordan; Kenya; Kimbe Bay; Kiribati; Korea, Dem. People's Rep; Korea, Republic of; Kuroshio Current; Kuwait; Lagonoy Gulf; Macau; Madagascar; Malaysia; Maldives; Marquesas Islands; Marshall Islands; Mauritania; Mauritius; Mediterranean Sea; Mediterranean and Black Sea; Mexico; Micronesia,Fed.States of; Milne Bay; Mozambique; Myanmar; Namibia; New Caledonia; New Zealand; New Zealand Shelf; Nicaragua; Nigeria; Niue; North Australian Shelf; North Marianas; Northeast U.S. Continental Shelf; Oman; Pacific Central-American Coastal; Pacific Ocean; Pacific, Eastern Central; Pacific, Northwest; Pacific, Southeast; Pacific, Southwest; Pacific, Western Central; Pakistan; Palau; Panama; Papua New Guinea; Peng-hu Island; Persian Gulf; Peru; Peru-Galapagos Waters; Philippines; Polynesian Waters; Puerto Rico; Qatar; Red Sea; Russian Federation; Ryukyu Islands; Réunion; Samoa; San Miguel Bay; Saudi Arabia; Sea of Japan; Seychelles; Singapore; Sogod Bay; Solomon Islands; Somali Coastal Current; Somalia; South Africa; South China Sea; Southeast U.S. Continental Shelf; Southwest Australian Shelf; Southwest Chilean Waters; Sri Lanka; Sudan; Sulu-Celebes Sea; Tahiti; Taiwan; Tanzania, United Rep. of; Tasman Sea; Thailand; Tokelau; Tonga; Tuamoto Islands; Tuvalu; US Virgin Islands; USA (contiguous states); United Arab Emirates; Vanuatu; Verde Island Passage; Viet Nam; Wake Island; West Central Australian Shelf; Yellow Sea; Yemen;

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