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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Indo-Pacific sailfish spawn throughout the year in tropical and subtropical regions of the oceans, platypteruss their primary spawning season is during summer in higher latitudes.

First dorsal fin sail-like and remarkably higher than greatest body depth; pelvic fins very long, nearly reaching to anus, with a well developed membrane.

Istiophorus platypterus, Indo-Pacific sailfish : fisheries, gamefish

Nakamura, ; Sagong, et al. Life cycle and mating behavior Maturity Reproduction Spawning Eggs Fecundity Larvae Seems to spawn throughout the year in tropical and subtropical waters of the Pacific with peak spawning occurring in the respective local summer seasons.

The pectoral and pelvic fins are long with the pelvic fins almost twice as long and nearly ;latypterus the origin of the first anal fin. Indo-Pacific sailfish biology The Indo-Pacific sailfish is capable of tremendous bursts of speed over short distances, making it one of the fastest—if not the fastest—of all fish species.

Breeding season Indo-Pacific sailfish breed in the spring, summer, and fall. Nakamura, Communication Channels visual tactile acoustic Other Communication Modes vibrations Perception Channels visual tactile acoustic vibrations chemical magnetic Food Habits Typical foods of Indo-Pacific sailfish are epipelagic fish such as mackerelssardinesand anchoviesisstiophorus well as cephalopods. Two dorsal and anal fins are present.

Feed on baitfish and squid. Bulletin of Marine Science 79 3: The Indo-Pacific istiiphorus is platypterys epipelagic and oceanic species,usually found above the thermocline. 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.


Istiophorus platypterus Shaw Shaw and Nodder first described the Atlantic sailfish in and assigned it the species name Xiphias platypterus. This species is featured in: Food habits of sailfish Istiophorus platypterus off Mazatlan, Sinaloa, Mexico. The first anal fin is set far back on the body.

Spawning occurs with males and females swimming in pairs or with two or three males chasing a single female probably a mating behavior. Marine Ecology Progress Series Communication and Perception While there is little specific information on communication between individuals, sailfish can “flash” their body colors via activity of their chromatophores, and utilize other visual signals like dorsal fin movements during breeding.

Coloration Platylterus color is variable depending upon level of excitement. Food Habits Cephalopods squid and platyperus and bony fishes are the primary prey items of the sailfish in the Atlantic Ocean.

ADW: Istiophorus platypterus: INFORMATION

Launch the Aquatic Species Distribution map viewer. Adults are highly opportunistic, feeding on a large range of prey species including sardines, anchovies and mackerels. Includes nautiloids, cuttlefish, squids, octopuses, and extinct ammonites and belemnites.

Although targeted in some areas, the species is mostly taken as bycatch by tuna longliners. Some authorities only recognise a single species of sailfish, I. The IUCN is a global union of states, governmental agencies, and non-governmental organizations in a partnership that assesses the conservation status of species.

Epipelagic usually in oceanic waters above the thermocline, and also found near continental coasts, islands and reefs.

The caudal peduncle has isriophorus keels and caudal notchs on the upper and lower surfaces.

Indo-Pacific sailfish

This includes Greenland, the Canadian Arctic islands, and all of the North American as far south as the highlands of central Mexico. Lindsey Paretti – Blood Island. Synapomorphy of the Bilateria.


Articles with ‘species’ microformats Commons category link is on Wikidata All stub articles. Age and growth of the sailfish Istiophorus platypterus Istiophoridae in the Gulf of Tehuantepec, Mexico. Marine and Freshwater Researchistiophorue They are also caught by gillnets, trolling, and harpooning by artisanal fishers.

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. One or more males will accompany her and spawn near the surface. 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.

It has been taken in the Mediterranean Sea, although few records exist for this region. Distinctive Features The upper jaw is modified into a long bill which is circular in cross section.

Human uses

An opportunistic predator, the Indo-Pacific sailfish takes a variety of food items, including fish, crustaceans and cephalopodsbut its most common source of prey is schooling fishes, such as sardines, anchovies and mackerel 2 3 5. Antarctic petrel Thalassoica antarctica.

Females swim slowly through shallow water, with their dorsal fin above the water surface. Phylogeny of Recent billfishes Xiphioidei.

Fishes platypteruw include sardines, achovies, jacks, dolphin, ribbonfish and triggerfish. The eggs contain a small globule of oil that provides nourishment for the developing embryo.