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– Name:
– Common name derived from sailors marlinspike resemblance.

– Taxonomy:
– Family name Istiophoridae from genus Istiophorus.
– Genus Istiophorus first placed species Istiophorus platypterus by George Kearsley Shaw in 1792.
– Derived from Greek word ἱστίον istion meaning sail.

– Family Description:
– Marlins have elongated bodies and spear-like snout or bill.
– Long, rigid dorsal fin extends forward to form a crest.
– Atlantic blue marlin can reach 5m in length and 820kg in weight.
– Black marlin can exceed 5m in length and 670kg in weight.
– Marlins are popular sporting fish in tropical areas.

– Classification:
– Marlins are Istiophoriform fish.
– Closely related to swordfish.
– Second-closest clade to marlins believed to be carangiformes.
– Marlins were previously thought to be closely related to Scombridae.

– See Also:
– Fish portal.
– Marlin fishing.
– Sailfish.

Marlin (Wikipedia)

Marlins are fish from the family Istiophoridae, which includes 11  species.

Atlantic blue marlin (Makaira nigricans)
Scientific classification Edit this classification
Domain: Eukaryota
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Istiophoriformes
Family: Istiophoridae
Rafinesque, 1810
Type genus
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