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Atlantic white marlin

Order Perciformes
Family Istiophoridae

Marine fish with regularly ossified skeleton. Elongated and compressed body. Blue-black above, silvery white and splattered with brown on the sides, silvery white below; sometimes with more than 15 rows of obscure whitish stripes; 1st dorsal fin dark blue with black dots; 2nd dorsal fin dark blue; pectorals blackish brown, with tinges of silvery white in some specimens; pelvic fins blue-black with a black fin membrane; caudal fin blackish brown. Maximum total length: 3 m. Maximum published weight: 82.5 kg.

FAO code
Tetrapturus albidus
Blue fish
FAO 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 37: the Mediterranean Sea and the Black Sea
  • Area 41: the Southwestern part of the Atlantic Ocean
  • Area 47: the Southeastern part of the Atlantic Ocean
International denominations
France Makaire blanc
Italy Marlin
Portugal Peto
United Kingdom Atlantic white marlin
Fishing areas
Fishing arts

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