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Longbill spearfish

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Longbill spearfish

Longbill spearfish
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Perciformes
Family: Istiophoridae
Genus: Tetrapturus
Species: T. pfluegeri
Binomial name
Tetrapturus pfluegeri
C. R. Robins & de Sylva, 1963

Tetrapturus pfluegeri, the Longbill spearfish, is a species of marlin native to the Atlantic Ocean where it is found above the thermocline in open waters. This species can reach a length of 254 centimetres (100 in) FL and the maximum weight recorded is 58 kilograms (128 lb).[2] It feeds on pelagic fishes such as needlefish, tuna, and jack, as well as squids. They spawn once a year.


The longbill spearfish is a blueish black color from above, and silvery-white and brown on the sides. The pectorals are blackish-brown and the dorsal fins are dark blue.


  • Robins, Richard P.; Donald P. de Sylva (1963). "A New Western Atlantic Spearfish, Tetrapturus Pfluegeri, with a Redescription of the Mediterranean Spearfish Tetrapturus Belone".  
  1. ^ Collette, B., Amorim, A.F., Boustany, A., Carpenter, K.E., de Oliveira Leite Jr., N., Fox, W., Fredou, F.L., Graves, J., Viera Hazin, F.H., Juan Jorda, M., Minte Vera, C., Miyabe, N., Nelson, R., Oxenford, H., Teixeira Lessa, R.P. & Pires Ferreira Travassos, P.E. 2011. Tetrapturus pfluegeri. In: IUCN 2013. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.1. . Downloaded on 19 October 2013.
  2. ^ Froese, Rainer and Pauly, Daniel, eds. (2013). "Tetrapturus pfluegeri in FishBase. August 2013 version.
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