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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Blog Friday 05 October Wildscreen With: Cerdenares-Ladron de Guevara, et al. Tests in the s estimated that this species is capable of short sprints of up to kilometres per hour, although more conservative estimates of 37 to 55 kilometres per hour are more commonly accepted 4.

Indo-Pacific sailfish

Spawned eggs are around 1. Females extend their dorsal fin to attract potential mates.

Atlantic sailfish are approximately 0. An opportunistic predator, the Indo-Pacific sailfish takes a variety of food items, including fish, crustaceans and cephalopodsbut its most common source of prey is schooling fishes, such as sardines, anchovies and mackerel 2 3 5. Spending most of their time in the upper 10 m of the water column, Indo-Pacific sailfish occasionally dive down to depths up to m to find food.

Marshall Cavendish, New York. The fins are all generally blackish blue. In Fishing Area 77 eastern central Pacificthe Korean and Japanese landings have decreased remarkably in recent years: In the eastern Atlantic Ocean, there is an aggregation off the coast of West Africa.

ADW: Istiophorus platypterus: INFORMATION

Sign our Guest Book. This species is easily distinguished from other billfish by the approximately 20 stripes of light blue dots present along their lateral sides. After the first year, growth rate decreases. Great lanternshark Etmopterus princeps.


It should be noted that the catch statistics given for this species by Japanese longliners include Tetrapturus angustirostrisbut platyptterus the share of the latter species in these catches is quite negligible. Wildscreen With – Tom Hooker: Also known as bayonet fish, sailfish. Members of this species are exceptional swimmers, with a minute drag coefficient range of 0.

Indo-Pacific sailfish – Wikipedia

Common and widespread in the tropical and sub-tropical Atlantic and Indo-Pacific oceans, ranging into temperate waters. Importance to Humans Sailfish. All-line-class world records up to for both men and women recognized by IGFA are from the eastern Pacific, except the one for the women’s lb line class of lb already mentioned from Yanuca, Fiji.

Marine Biology Sailfish have been recorded from all Australian states including Tasmania. Retrieved 12 May Nakamura, ; Speare, While ADW staff and contributors provide references to books and websites that we believe are reputable, we cannot necessarily endorse the contents of references beyond our control.

Indo-Pacific sailfish hooked by longlines have been attacked by great white sharks and killer whales. This highly recognizable fish can grow to be over 10 feet long, including its elongated bill and its forked caudal fin. They are also caught by commercial fishermen with surface driftnets platypterud, and by trollingharpooning and setnetting. Large pelagic sharks, the killer whale and other isiophorus species attack billfishes and tunas hooked by longlines, but predation on free-swimming tunas and billfishes is thought to be very rare.

Accessed April 02, at http: They then drove at the prey at full speed with their fins completely folded back and once they had caught up with it, they suddenly made sharp turns with their fins expanded to confront a part of the school and then hit the prey with the bill. The flesh is dark red, and not as good as that of marlins.


This species shows a strong tendency to come close to the shore, even though a few individuals have been caught in the central parts of the oceans. Analysis of sex-specific spawning biomass per recruit of the sailfish Istiophorus platypterus in the waters off eastern Taiwan.

Human uses

A pair of nares are located in front of their eyes, Indo-Pacific sailfish use these nares to detect dissolved chemicals in the water platypterrus. Age and growth of the sailfish Istiophorus platypterus Istiophoridae in the Gulf of Tehuantepec, Mexico.

The Indo-Pacific sailfish is fished by both platyptetus fisheries and sport anglers, and also taken as bycatch by commercial tuna longliners 2. Global overview of the major constitutent-based billfish tagging programs and their results since Its large first dorsal fin is usually taller than its body is and platyypterus most of the length of its body.

An annotated and illustrated catalogue of marlins, sailfishes, spearfishes and swordfishes known to date. Distinctive Features The upper jaw is modified into a long bill which is circular in cross section.