Shortbill spearfish

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Shortbill spearfish
Drawing by Dr Tony Ayling
Scientific classification Edit this classification
Domain: Eukaryota
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Istiophoriformes
Family: Istiophoridae
Genus: Tetrapturus
T. angustirostris
Binomial name
Tetrapturus angustirostris
  • 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), sometimes called the short-nosed spearfish, 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] Short bill spearfish are characterized by a slim frame with a blue body that is silver underneath. Shortbill also possess a very short bill extending from their upper jaw.


  • 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.; et al. (2011). "Tetrapturus angustirostris". The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2011: e.T170315A6744759. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2011-2.RLTS.T170315A6744759.en.
  2. ^ Froese, Rainer; Pauly, Daniel (eds.) (2013). "Tetrapturus angustirostris" in FishBase. August 2013 version.
  3. ^ "Hawaiian Seafood - Spearfish (Shortbill)". Retrieved 2021-10-07.
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