Shortbill spearfish

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Shortbill spearfish
Tetrapturus angustirostris (Shortbill spearfish).gif
Drawing by Dr Tony Ayling
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Perciformes
Family: Istiophoridae
Genus: Tetrapturus
Species: T. angustirostris
Binomial name
Tetrapturus angustirostris
S. Tanaka (I), 1915
Synonyms
  • Pseudohistiophorus angustirostris (S. Tanaka (I), 1915)
  • Tetrapturus illingworthi D. S. Jordan & Evermann, 1926
  • Pseudohistiophorus illingworthi (D. S. Jordan & Evermann, 1926)
  • Tetrapturus kraussi D. S. Jordan & Evermann, 1926

The shortbill spearfish (Tetrapturus angustirostris) is a species of marlin native to the Indian and Pacific Oceans, with occasional records from the Atlantic Ocean. This species occurs in open waters not far from the surface. This species can reach a length of 230 cm (91 in), though most do not exceed 190 cm (75 in). The maximum recorded weight for this species is 52 kg (115 lb). It is of minor importance to commercial fisheries and is also a game fish.[2]

References[edit]

  • Tony Ayling & Geoffrey Cox, Collins Guide to the Sea Fishes of New Zealand, (William Collins Publishers Ltd, Auckland, New Zealand 1982) ISBN 0-00-216987-8
  1. ^ Collette, B., Acero, A., Canales Ramirez, C., Carpenter, K.E., Di Natale, A., Fox, W., Miyabe, N., Montano Cruz, R., Nelson, R., Schaefer, K., Serra, R., Sun, C., Uozumi, Y. & Yanez, E. 2011. Tetrapturus angustirostris. In: IUCN 2013. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.1. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 18 October 2013.
  2. ^ Froese, Rainer and Pauly, Daniel, eds. (2013). "Tetrapturus angustirostris" in FishBase. August 2013 version.
A Shortbill Spearfish caught off Great Barrier Island, New Zealand in March 2010
A Shortbill Spearfish caught off Great Barrier Island, New Zealand in March 2010