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Makaira nigricans (Ocean guard; Ocean gar; Marlin; Cuban black marlin; Blue marlin; Billfish; Atlantic blue marlin; Marlín; Squadron)

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Adult Weight [1]  206.133 lbs (93.50 kg)
Maximum Longevity [1]  28 years
Migration [2]  Oceanodromous
Speed [3]  26.843 MPH (12 m/s)

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Angola; Anguilla; Antigua and Barbuda; Argentina; Aruba; Atlantic Ocean; Atlantic Ocean: in tropical and temperate waters. We follow Nakamura 1985 (Ref. 43) in recognizing <i>Makaira mazara</i> and <i>Makaira nigricans</i> as two distinct species chiefly because of differences in the pattern of the lateral line system. Many; Atlantic Ocean: in tropical and temperate waters. We follow Nakamura 1985 (Ref. 43) in recognizing <i>Makaira mazara</i> and <i>Makaira nigricans</i> as two distinct species chiefly because of differences in the pattern of the lateral line system. Many scientists, however, do not recognize this character as specifically diagnostic and consider the latter species as a single pantropical species occurring in the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian oceans. Highly migratory species, Annex I of the 1982 Convention on the Law of the Sea (Ref. 26139).; Atlantic, Eastern Central; Atlantic, Northeast; Atlantic, Northwest; Atlantic, Southeast; Atlantic, Southwest; Atlantic, Western Central; Azores Islands; Bahamas; Barbados; Belize; Benguela Current; Benin; Bermuda; Brazil; Cameroon; Canada; Canary Current; Canary Islands; Cape Verde; Caribbean Sea; Cayman Islands; Colombia; Congo, Dem. Rep. of the; Congo, Republic of; Costa Rica; Cuba; Curaçao Island; Côte d'Ivoire; Dominica; Dominican Republic; East Brazil Shelf; French Guiana; Gabon; Gambia; Ghana; Grenada; Guadeloupe; Guatemala; Guinea; Guinea Current; Guinea-Bissau; Gulf of Mexico; Guyana; Haiti; Hawaii (USA); Honduras; Iberian Coastal; India; Indian Ocean, Eastern; Indian Ocean, Western; Jamaica; Liberia; Madeira Islands; Martinique; Mauritania; Mediterranean Sea; Mediterranean and Black Sea; Mexico; Montserrat; Morocco; Namibia; Nicaragua; Nigeria; North Brazil Shelf; Northeast U.S. Continental Shelf; Pacific, Eastern Central; Panama; Patagonian Shelf; Portugal; Puerto Rico; Saint Helena; Saint Kitts and Nevis; Saint Lucia; Saint Vincent & the Grenadines; Samoa; Sargasso Sea; Senegal; Sierra Leone; South Africa; South Brazil Shelf; Southeast U.S. Continental Shelf; Suriname; Togo; Trinidad and Tobago; Turks and Caicos Is.; US Virgin Islands; USA (contiguous states); Uruguay; Venezuela; Virgin Islands (UK);

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1de Magalhaes, J. P., and Costa, J. (2009) A database of vertebrate longevity records and their relation to other life-history traits. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 22(8):1770-1774
2Riede, Klaus (2004) Global Register of Migratory Species - from Global to Regional Scales. Final Report of the R&D-Projekt 808 05 081. 330 pages + CD-ROM
4Diet of the blue marlin, Makaira nigricans, off the south coast of Portugal, Pedro Veiga, José Xavier, Carlos Assis and Karim Erzini
5Preliminary Investigation of the Diets of Large Oceanic Pelagic Species of Importance to the Longline Fishery in Barbados, MARLYN RAWLINS, HAZEL A. OXENFORD, and PAUL FANNING, Gulf and Caribbean Fisheries Institute 58, (2007), p. 243-249
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8Yves Cherel, Richard Sabatié, Michel Potier, Francis Marsac, Frédéric Ménard. 2007. New information from fish diets on the importance of glassy flying squid (Hyaloteuthis pelagica) (Teuthoidea: Ommastrephidae) in the epipelagic community of the tropical Atlantic Ocean. Fish. Bull. 105: 147–152.
9CephBase - Cephalopod (Octopus, Squid, Cuttlefish and Nautilus) Database
10Gibson, D. I., Bray, R. A., & Harris, E. A. (Compilers) (2005). Host-Parasite Database of the Natural History Museum, London