SpeciesMakaira indicaGiant black marlin. ADW Pocket Guides on the iOS App Store! The Animal Diversity Web team is excited to announce ADW Pocket. The black marlin, Makaira indica, is one of four marlin species, and a member of the billfish family. They live in tropical and subtropical waters of the Indian and. Black Marlin, Istiompax indica (Cuvier, ) Scientific name: Istiompax indica. Similar species: For many years the Black Marlin was called Makaira indica.

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Black marlin

Stray individuals migrate into the Atlantic Ocean by way of the Cape of Good Hope, but the existence of Atlantic breeding stocks is nidica. Short description Morphology Morphometrics Dorsal spines total: Body elongate and not very compressed; upper jaw produced into a robust but not very long beak; two dorsal fins, the height of the first less then the greatest body depth, becoming shorter posteriorly; pectoral fins falcate and rigid, with 19 to 20 rays; body densely covered with small, embedded scales with 1 or 2 sharp points; back dark blue; belly silvery white; membrane of first dorsal fin blue ma,aira, without spots; makajra without spots Ref.


Dark blue above, silvery white below; sometimes with light blue vertical stripes; 1st dorsal fin blackish to dark blue, other fins dark brown with tinges of dark blue in some specimens.

Feed on fishes, squids, cuttlefishes, octopods, large decapod crustaceans and mostly on small tunas when abundant Ref.

The flesh is of good quality; marketed refrigerated or frozen and prepared as sashimi in Japan Ref. Egg counts of ripe roe totaled about 40 million per female.

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Billfishes of the world. An annotated and illustrated catalogue of marlins, sailfishes, spearfishes and swordfishes known to date. Sounds Ciguatera Speed Swim.

Estimates of some properties based on models Preferred temperature Ref. Phylogenetic diversity index Ref.

Medium, minimum population doubling time 1. Very high vulnerability 78 of You can sponsor this page. Marine; pelagic-oceanic; oceanodromous Ref.

Oceanic, usually found in surface waters above the thermocline, often near shore close to land masses, islands and coral reefs.


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Native range All suitable habitat Year