Striped marlin

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Striped marlin
Stripe marlin right off the coast of Carrillo.jpg
Hooked striped marlin
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Perciformes
Family: Istiophoridae
Genus: Kajikia
Species: K. audax
Binomial name
Kajikia audax
(Philippi {Krumweide}, 1887)
  • Histiophorus audax Philippi {Krumweide}, 1887
  • Istiophorus audax (Philippi {Krumweide}, 1887)
  • Makaira audax (Philippi {Krumweide}, 1887)
  • Marlina audax (Philippi {Krumweide}, 1887)
  • Tetrapturus audax (Philippi {Krumweide}, 1887)
  • Tetrapturus mitsukurii D. S. Jordan & Snyder, 1901
  • Kajikia mitsukurii (D. S. Jordan & Snyder, 1901)
  • Makaira mitsukurii (D. S. Jordan & Snyder, 1901)
  • Marlina mitsukurii (D. S. Jordan & Snyder, 1901)
  • Makaira zelandica D. S. Jordan & Evermann, 1926
  • Makaira audax zelandica D. S. Jordan & Evermann, 1926
  • Marlina zelandica (D. S. Jordan & Evermann, 1926)
  • Makaira grammatica D. S. Jordan & Evermann, 1926
  • Makaira holei D. S. Jordan & Evermann, 1926
  • Tetrapturus ectenes D. S. Jordan & Evermann, 1926
  • Kajikia formosana Hirasaka & H. Nakamura, 1947
  • Makaira formosana (Hirasaka & H. Nakamura, 1947)
  • Tetrapturus tenuirostratus Deraniyagala, 1951
  • Makaira tenuirostratus (Deraniyagala, 1951)
  • Marlina jauffreti J. L. B. Smith, 1956

The striped marlin, Kajikia audax, is a species of marlin found in tropical to temperate Indo-Pacific oceans not far from the surface. It is a desirable commercial and game fish with a record weight (in 1982) of 190 kg (420 lb) and a maximum length of 4.2 m (13.8 ft). The striped marlin is a predator that hunts during the day in the top 100 metres or so of the water column, often near the surface. One of their chief prey is sardines.

Sustainable consumption[edit]

In 2010, Greenpeace International has added the striped marlin to its seafood red list. "The Greenpeace International seafood red list is a list of fish that are commonly sold in supermarkets around the world, and which have a very high risk of being sourced from unsustainable fisheries."[2]


Capture of striped marlin in tonnes from 1950 to 2009
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  • Froese, Rainer and Pauly, Daniel, eds. (2013). "Kajikia audax" in FishBase. August 2013 version.
  • 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., Boustany, A., Canales Ramirez, C., Cardenas, G., Carpenter, K.E., Di Natale, A., Die, D., Fox, W., Graves, J., Hinton, M., Juan Jorda, M., Minte Vera, C., Miyabe, N., Montano Cruz, R., Nelson, R., Restrepo, V., Schaefer, K., Schratwieser, J., Serra, R., Sun, C., Uozumi, Y. & Yanez, E. 2011. Kajikia audax. In: IUCN 2013. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.1. <>. Downloaded on 18 October 2013.
  2. ^ Greenpeace International Seafood Red list