Animalia > Chordata > Actinopterygii > Perciformes > Istiophoridae > Istiophorus > Istiophorus platypterus

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)

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Wikipedia Abstract

The Indo-Pacific sailfish (Istiophorus platypterus) is a sailfish native to the Indian and Pacific Oceans. It is dark blue on top, brown-blue laterally, silvery white underbelly; upper jaw elongated in the form of a spear; first dorsal fin greatly enlarged in the form of a sail, with many black cones, its front squared off, highest at its midpoint; pelvic fins very narrow, reaching almost to the anus; body covered with embedded scales, blunt at end; lateral line curved above pectoral fin, then straight to base of tail. They have a large and sharp bill, which they use for hunting. They feed on tuna and mackerel, some of the fastest fish in the Ocean. They are able to prey on the faster fish in the sea because their top speed has been clocked at 109 km/h (68 mph), making them one of the fast
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Adult Weight [1]  121.497 lbs (55.11 kg)
Maximum Longevity [3]  13 years
Migration [2]  Oceanodromous
Speed [4]  68.338 MPH (30.55 m/s)

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Orcinus orca (Killer Whale)[5]



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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