Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Perciformes
Family: Istiophoridae
Genus: Istiophorus
Species: Istiophorus platypterus (Shaw, 1792) - sailfish

Intro:

Tips for Identifying: First the BAM then the FAD.

Body:
Weighs up to 100.2 kg (~221 lb) (IGFA, 2001).
Length up to 3.48 m (~11.4 ft) (IGFA, 2001). Common length is 2.7 m (~ 8.9 ft) (Nakamura, 1995).
Appearance:
Spots of markings on first dorsal fin. Pale blue vertical barring on sides.
Mouth:
Elongate snout. Subterminal mouth. Snout longer than of the closely related spearfishes.
Fins:
Of all billfishes, the sailfish has the highest, most pronounced first dorsal fin that often has spotting or markings. Two anal fins. Lunate caudal fin.
Area (Habitat):
Pelagic, worldwide.
Demeanor:

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