Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Perciformes
Family: Istiophoridae
Genus: Makaira
Species: Makaira nigricans (Lacépède, 1802) - Atlantic blue marlin

Intro:

Tips for Identifying: First the BAM then the FAD.

Body:
Weighs up to 636 kg (1,402 lb) (IGFA, 2001) Reports of up to 816 kg (1,800 lb) specimens that are not scientifically verified.
Length up to 5 m (16.4 ft) (Randall, 1995)
Appearance:
Can have bluish vertical bands alongside body. Expresses countershading, having a darker dorsal side compared to a lighter ventral side.
Mouth:
Subterminal mouth. Sharp and elongate snout.
Fins:
Lunate tail. Has two dorsal fins and two anal fins. Anterior spines on dorsal fin are high and pointed, where they abruptly lessen and then gradually lessen in height as they extend dorsally.
Area (Habitat):
Oceanic species, pelagic, and oceanodromous (migrates within the ocean).
Demeanor:
Eclectic feeders (wide-range of diet). Does not school, sometimes found in small, spread-out aggregates.

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