Black marlin

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Black marlin
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Scientific classification
Binomial name
Istiompax indica
G. Cuvier, 1832

The black marlin (Istiompax indica) is a species of marlin. It is found in tropical and subtropical areas of the Indian and Pacific Oceans.[2] The fish has a maximum length of 4.65 m (15.3 ft) and weight of 750 kg (1,650 lb).[2] It is one of the largest marlins and also one of the largest bony fish.

This marlin is one of the fastest fish, with speeds of up to 129 km/h (80 mph). This is estimated from the speed that hooked marlins unwind fishing line.[3] Black marlin are fished commercially and are also a highly prized game fish.

References[change | change source]

  1. Collette B. et al 2011. Istiompax indica. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. [1]
  2. 2.0 2.1 Froese, Rainer and Pauly, Daniel, eds. (2013). "Istiompax indica" in FishBase. April 2013 version.
  3. BBC Worldwide 2008. Black marlin - the fastest fish on the planet. Ultimate Killers - BBC wildlife.