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Istiophoridae (marlin, sailfish, spear-fish; subclass Actinopterygii, order Perciformes) A small family of marine fish that have strongly streamlined bodies, a long bill (upper jaw), and a high dorsal fin, which is even more accentuated in the sailfish. When swimming, the long-based dorsal fin is folded down into a special groove at the back. The deeply forked tail fin has very long dorsal and ventral lobes. Makaira nigricans (blue marlin) can grow to about 5 m; Istiophorus platypterus (sailfish) grows to about 2.5 m. There are about 10 species, distributed world-wide in tropical to subtropical seas.


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mar·lin / ˈmärlən/ • n. a large edible billfish (genera Makaira and Tetrapterus) of warm seas. Several species include the striped marlin (T. audax).


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marlin Any of several species of large marine fish found in warm waters of the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, especially the blue marlin (Makaira mitsukurii); it is often fished for sport. The marlin is blue with a coppery tint and violet side markings. The fins and long snout are sharply pointed. Length: to 8m (26ft); weight: 635kg (1400lb). Family Istiophoridae.


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