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Indo-Pacific Sailfish (Istiophorus platypterus) - Wiki
Subject: Indo-Pacific Sailfish (Istiophorus platypterus) - Wiki
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Indo-Pacific Sailfish (Istiophorus platypterus) - Wiki

Indo-Pacific sailfish
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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 form of spear; first dorsal fin greatly enlarged in the form of a sail, with many black spots, 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, that 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 68 mph, making them the fastest fish in the ocean.

They move at 68 mph in short bursts.
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Scientific Name: Istiophorus platypterus (Shaw, 1792)
Common Names:
English – Sailfish, Indo-Pacific Sailfish, Atlantic Sailfish
Spanish – Aguja de Abanico , Pez Velo, Picudo Banderón
French – Espadon Voilier, Empereur Éventail
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Histiophorus ancipitirostris Cuvier, 1832
Histiophorus dubius Bleeker, 1872
Histiophorus gracilirostris Cuvier, 1832
Histiophorus granulifer Castelnau, 1861
Histiophorus immaculatus Rüppell, 1830
Histiophorus indicus Cuvier, 1832
Histiophorus magnioci Jordan, 1927
Histiophorus orientalis Temminck & Schlegel, 1844
Histiophorus pulchellus Cuvier, 1832
Istiophorus amarui Curtiss, 1944
Istiophorus brookei Fowler, 1933
Istiophorus eriquius Jordan, 1926
Istiophorus gladifer Lacepède, 1801
Istiophorus greyi Jordan & Evermann, 1926
Istiophorus japonicus Jordan & Thompson, 1914
Istiophorus ludibundus Whitley, 1933
Istiophorus maguirei Jordan & Evermann, 1926
Istiophorus triactis Klunzinger, 1871
Istiophorus wrighti Jordan & Evermann, 1926
Makaira albicans Latreille, 1804
Makaira velifera Cuvier, 1832
Scomber gladius Bloch, 1793
Skeponopodus guebucu Nardo, 1833
Xiphias platypterus Shaw, 1792
Xiphias velifer Bloch & Schneider, 1801

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