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Istiophorus platypterus (Atlantic sailfish; Sail-fish; Sailfish; Sailfin; Sail fish; Peacock fish; Pacific sailfish; Japanese sailfish; Indo-Pacific sailfish; Indian sailfish; Indian sail fish; Bayonet fish; Billfish; Spike fish; Boohoo)

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Wikipedia Abstract

The Indo-Pacific sailfish (Istiophorus platypterus) is a sailfish native to the Indian and Pacific Oceans. It is dark blue on top, brown-blue laterally, silvery white underbelly; upper jaw elongated in the form of a spear; first dorsal fin greatly enlarged in the form of a sail, with many black cones, its front squared off, highest at its midpoint; pelvic fins very narrow, reaching almost to the anus; body covered with embedded scales, blunt at end; lateral line curved above pectoral fin, then straight to base of tail. They have a large and sharp bill, which they use for hunting. They feed on tuna and mackerel, some of the fastest fish in the Ocean. They are able to prey on the faster fish in the sea because their top speed has been clocked at 109 km/h (68 mph), making them one of the fast
View Wikipedia Record: Istiophorus platypterus

Endangered Species

Status: Vulnerable
View IUCN Record: Istiophorus platypterus


Adult Weight [1]  121.497 lbs (55.11 kg)
Maximum Longevity [3]  13 years
Migration [2]  Oceanodromous
Speed [4]  68.338 MPH (30.55 m/s)

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Prey / Diet

Prey / Diet Overlap


Orcinus orca (Killer Whale)[5]


External References


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2Riede, Klaus (2004) Global Register of Migratory Species - from Global to Regional Scales. Final Report of the R&D-Projekt 808 05 081. 330 pages + CD-ROM
3Frimpong, E.A., and P. L. Angermeier. 2009. FishTraits: a database of ecological and life-history traits of freshwater fishes of the United States. Fisheries 34:487-495.
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5Jorrit H. Poelen, James D. Simons and Chris J. Mungall. (2014). Global Biotic Interactions: An open infrastructure to share and analyze species-interaction datasets. Ecological Informatics.
6Dietary composition of the sailfish Istiophorus platypterus (Shaw & Nodder, 1792) from Parangipettai, southeast coast of India, V. Ravi and V. Sekar, J. Mar. Biol. Ass. India, 52 (1) : 102 - 104, January - June 2010
7Diet composition of sailfish (Istiophorus platypterus) from the southern Gulf of California, Mexico, José Rosas-Alayolaa, Agustín Hernández-Herrera, Felipe Galvan-Magaña, L. Andres Abitia-Cárdenasa and Arturo F. Muhlia-Melo, Fisheries Research Volume 57, Issue 2, August 2002, Pages 185-195
8CephBase - Cephalopod (Octopus, Squid, Cuttlefish and Nautilus) Database
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10Species Interactions of Australia Database, Atlas of Living Australia, Version ala-csv-2012-11-19
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Species taxanomy provided by GBIF Secretariat (2022). GBIF Backbone Taxonomy. Checklist dataset accessed via on 2023-06-13; License: CC BY 4.0