Istiophorus amarui Curtis, Istiophorus gladius greyi Nichols & Murphy, Istiophoru greyii de Buen, Istiophorus platypterus Whitehead, A Sailfish, Istiophorus platypterus, hunting sardines off the coast of Mexico. Source: Peter G. Allinson, M.D. / Marine Photobank. License: CC BY Attribution-. Indo-Pacific sailfish (Istiophorus platypterus) can be found in both temperate and tropical waters throughout the world’s oceans. They generally have a tropical.

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Parasites include protozoans, digenea flukesdidymozoidea tissue flukesmonogenea gillwormscestoda tapewormsnematoda roundwormsacanthocephala spiny-headed wormscopepods, barnacles, and isopods.

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Females extend their dorsal fin to attract potential mates. Indo-Pacific sailfish conservation Conservation organisations such as the Billfish Foundation are playing a vital role in promoting sustainable fishing practices for the Indo-Pacific sailfish and other species of billfish worldwide 6. A revision of the sailfish genus Istiophorus. Accessed March 11, at ftp: Istiophorus platypterus Atlantic sailfish Also: Distinctive Features The upper jaw is modified into a long bill which is circular in cross section.

Indo-Pacific sailfish migrate annually to higher latitudes during summer and migrate towards the equator in autumn.

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After the first year, growth rate decreases. Bulletin of Marine Science 3: In waters of the Pacific Ocean, the maximum size for the sailfish is recorded at inches cm total length and around pounds kg in weight.

Based on this size, it is inferred that individuals generally reach sexual maturity at the age of 3 to 4 years and continue to grow throughout their lifespan. Scientific Name with Original Description. Another very large fish Occasionally, sailfish swim in a solitary manner.

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An plathpterus and illustrated catalogue of marlins, sailfishes, spearfishes and swordfishes known to date.

Trophic overlap of prey between juveniles suggests that Indo-Pacific sailfish feed in groups according to their size. It should be noted that platypetrus catch statistics given for this species by Japanese longliners include Tetrapturus angustirostrisbut that the share of the latter species in these catches is quite negligible. Rodents of Unusual Size. Although the larval growth rate is influenced by season, water conditions, and food iztiophorus, size of newly-hatched larvae generally averages 1.

Indo-Pacific sailfish

While this species has a high reproductive output 4its population is likely to have been affected by overexploitation 6. Genetic stock structure of the sailfish, Istiophorus platypterus, based on nuclear and pplatypterus DNA.

Remnants of cephalopod and fish mandibles found in their llatypterus suggest the rapid digestion of soft muscles. Billfishes of the World. X Close Link to this photo Embed this Arkive thumbnail link “portlet” by copying and pasting the code below. Indo-Pacific sailfish range As its name suggests, this species occupies the Indo-Pacific, occurring in both tropical and temperate waters.


Oceanic and epipelagic species usually found above the thermocline. Nakamura, ; Sagong, et al. Marine Ecology Progress Series Furthermore, these fish serve as hosts for symbionts, as their stomach can be infected by the parasitic copepods Plannella instructa and the flatworms Callitetrarhynchus gracilis and Floriceps minacanthus.

Istiophorus platypterus

During several longline cruises of Japanese research vessels in the eastern North Pacific Ocean, adult I. In the East China Sea, the Indo-Pacific sailfish migrates northward lstiophorus summer and returns southward in autumn where it overwinters in the southernmost area; fish under cm eye-fork length move into the area between May and July while those over cm migrate southward out of the area, probably for spawning.

Longevity and age validation of a tag-recaptured Atlantic sailfish Istiophorus platypterususing dorsal istiolhorus and otoliths. In other projects Wikimedia Commons Wikispecies. Marine Biology Research7: There are no known adverse effects of Indo-Pacific sailfish on humans.