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Tetrapturus angustirostris  Tanaka, 1915

Shortbill spearfish
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Actinopterígios (peces con aletas radiadas) > Perciformes (Perch-likes) > Istiophoridae (Billfishes)
Etymology: Tetrapturus: Greek, tetra = four + Greek, pteron, fin, wing (Ref. 45335).   More on author: Tanaka.

Medioambiente / Clima / Gama Ecología

; marino; oceanodromo (Ref. 51243); rango de profundidad 0 - 1830 m (Ref. 86942), usually 0 - 350 m (Ref. 89423).   Subtropical, preferred 28°C (Ref. 107945); 43°N - 56°S, 20°E - 68°W

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Indian and Pacific: tropical and temperate waters. Although some stray individuals are found in the Atlantic Ocean, this species is believed to have its spawning grounds and principal populations only in the Pacific and Indian Oceans. Highly migratory species, Annex I of the 1982 Convention on the Law of the Sea (Ref. 26139).

Tamaño / Peso / Age

Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 230 cm TL macho / no sexado; (Ref. 9308); common length : 190 cm TL macho / no sexado; (Ref. 9308); peso máximo publicado: 52.0 kg (Ref. 43)

Short description Morfología | Morfometría

Espinas dorsales (total): 0; Radios blandos dorsales (total): 51-57; Espinas anales 0; Radios blandos anales: 18 - 23. Dark blue above, blue splattered with brown on the sides, silvery white below; 1st dorsal fin plain dark blue, other fins brown or dark brown; anal fin bases with tinges of silvery white.

Biología     Glosario (por ej. epibenthic)

Oceanic and epipelagic, found above the thermocline (Ref. 9308). Feeds on fishes, cephalopods and crustaceans. Also caught as a by-catch of long lines with hooks intended for tuna. Marketed frozen and prepared as fish cakes and sashimi in Japan (Ref. 9308). Also prepared as sausages.

Life cycle and mating behavior Madurez | Reproducción | Puesta | Huevos | Fecundidad | Larva

Spawning is believed to occur mainly during the winter months, especially in warm offshore currents with surface temperature of about 25°C.

Main reference Upload your references | Referencias | Coordinador | Colaboradores

Nakamura, I., 1985. FAO species catalogue. Vol. 5. Billfishes of the world. An annotated and illustrated catalogue of marlins, sailfishes, spearfishes and swordfishes known to date. FAO Fish. Synop. 125(5):65p. Rome: FAO. (Ref. 43)

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 115185)

CITES (Ref. 94142)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans

  Harmless




Human uses

Pesquerías: escaso valor comercial; pesca deportiva: si
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