Kingdom Animalia  
 Phylum Chordata  
 Class Actinopterygii  
 Order Perciformes  
 Family Istiophoridae  
 Genus Istiophorus  
  Istiophorus platypterus  (Shaw, 1792) ( 👉 redirect to new TaiCOL )
Provider: Wei-Chuan Chiang 
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Synonyms:Histiophorus dubiusHistiophorus gladiusHistiophorus immaculatusHistiophorus indicusHistiophorus orientalisIstiophorus amaruiIstiophorus brookeiIstiophorus dubiusIstiophorus eriquiusIstiophorus gladiferIstiophorus gladius details
Citation: 臺灣魚類誌(沈等, 1993);The Live Marine Resources of the Western Central Pacific, Vol.6(FAO, 2001)
Character: The body is elongated and fairly compressed. Bill long, slender and round in cross section. First dorsal fin sail-like, with the middle rays longest, remarkably higher than body depth at level of midbody. Pelvic fins extremely long, almost reaching anus. Caudal peduncle with double keels on each side and a shallow notch on both the dorsal and ventral surfaces. The lateral line is easily distinguishable, curving above the pectoral fin and then continuing in a straight line toward the tail. Body dark blue dorsally, light blue splattered with brown laterally, and silvery white ventrally. Bases of first and second anal fins often tinged with silvery white; membrane of first dorsal fin dark blue or blackish blue; with scattered small, round black dots; remaining fins blackish brown or dark blue. 
Habitat: The sailfish is an epipelagic and oceanic species usually found above the thermocline. Most densely distributed in waters close to coasts, islands and reef. The sailfish seems to spawn throughout the year in tropical and subtropical waters of the Pacific  
Distribution: The sailfish is highly migratory species, widely distributed in the tropical and temperate waters of the Pacific and Indian oceans. This species shows a strong tendency to come close to the shore, even though a few individuals have been caught in the cent 
Utility: The flesh is dark red. Utilized fresh, smoked and frozen; also used for sashimi and sushi; eaten broiled and baked. 
Name Code: 382687
  IUCN Red List:VU A2bd     Marine     
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