Longbill spearfish

Order: 
Perciformes
Family: 
Istiophoridae

Marine fish with regularly ossified skeleton. Elongated and compressed body. Blue-black above, silvery white splattered with brown on the sides, silvery white below; dorsal fins dark blue; pectorals blackish brown, occasionally with tinges of greyish white; pelvic fins blue-black with a black fin membrane; 1st anal fin dark blue with silvery white at base; 2nd anal fin blackish brown. Maximum length : 2.5 m. Maximum published weight: 58 kg.

International Designations

France: 
Makaire à longue pectorale
Portugal: 
Espadim-águia
UK: 
Longbill spearfish
Fishing gears: 
Hooks
Purse seines
FAO code: 
SPF
Scientific name: 
Tetrapturus pfluegeri
Type: 
Blue fish
Fishing areas: 
Area 21: the Northwestern part of the Atlantic Ocean
Area 27: the Northeastern part of the Atlantic Ocean
Area 31: the Western part of the Atlantic Ocean
Area 34: the Eastern Central part of the Atlantic Ocean
Area 41: the Southwestern part of the Atlantic Ocean
Area 47: the Southeastern part of the Atlantic Ocean
Global production (Tons): 
75