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Blue marlin

Makaira nigricans

(Image credit: NSW DPI)

Body colour is dark black, blue on the upper surface becoming silvery white on the lower surface of the body. Distinguished by a series of narrow bars on the sides of the body and non rigid pectoral fin. Other names used in Australia: Makaira mazara

Length: Up to 5 m


Pelagic offshore ocean waters; 10-200 m depth

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Distribution and movement patterns are not well known - so please log this species in Western Australia, south of Cape Naturaliste

Related links/info

Species names on the Redmap site are based on the Codes for Australian Aquatic Biota or CAAB (http://www.cmar.csiro.au/caab/). This is updated regularly and lists the approved common name, family, species name and more.

Redmap species descriptions were based, with permission, on the following resources:

Fishes of Australia’s Southern Coast, Edited by M. Gomon. D. Bray and R. Kuiter (2008) Reed Books, Melbourne

Find further information and images at FISHES OF AUSTRALIA http://www.fishesofaustralia.net.au/

Number of sightings 8

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