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Swordfish

Order Perciformes
Family Xiphiidae

Marine fish with regularly ossified skeleton. Fusiform body. Very long and spadiform face. No teeth and scales. Very rough skin. Triangular dorsal and sickle-shaped caudal fin. Bluish-gray back, lighter flanks. Silvery belly. It can measure up to 6 m and weigh up to 500 kg.

Characteristics
FAO code
SWO
Specie
Xiphias gladius
Type
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
  • Area 51: the Western part of the Indian Ocean
  • Area 57: the Eastern part of the Indian Ocean
  • Area 61: the Northwestern part of the Pacific Ocean
  • Area 67: the Northeastern part of the Pacific Ocean
  • Area 71: the Western Central part of the Pacific Ocean
  • Area 77: the Eastern Central part of the Pacific Ocean
  • Area 81: the Southwestern part of the Pacific Ocean
  • Area 87: the Southeastern part of the Pacific Ocean
Fishing seasons
jan feb mar apr may jun jul aug sep oct nov dec
International denominations
Germany Schwertfisch
France Poisson-épée
Italy Pesce spada
Portugal Espadarte
United Kingdom Swordfish
Japan Mekajiki
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