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Temporal range: Late Miocene to Present[1]
Atlantic blue marlin.jpg
Atlantic blue marlin, Makaira nigricans
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Istiophoriformes
Family: Istiophoridae
Genus: Makaira
Lacépède, 1802
Type species
Makaira nigricans
Lacepède, 1802

Makaira mazara
Makaira nigricans

  • Eumakaira Hirasaka & H. Nakamura, 1947
  • Marlina Hirasaka & H. Nakamura, 1947
  • Orthocraeros J. L. B. Smith, 1956

Makaira (Latin via Greek: μαχαίρα "sword") is a genus of marlin in the Istiophoridae family. It includes the Atlantic blue, and Indo-Pacific blue marlins.[2] In the past, the black marlin was also included in this genus, but today it is placed in its own genus, Istiompax.


Although they are traditionally listed as separate species, recent research indicates that the Atlantic blue marlin (Makaira nigricans) and Indo-Pacific blue marlin (Makaira mazara) may be parapatric populations of the same species.[2]


  1. ^ Sepkoski, Jack (2002). "A compendium of fossil marine animal genera". Bulletins of American Paleontology. 364: 560. Retrieved 2008-01-08.
  2. ^ a b Froese, Rainer, and Daniel Pauly, eds. (2018). Species of Makaira in FishBase. February 2018 version.