Mediterranean spearfish

Mediterranean spearfish
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Perciformes
Family: Istiophoridae
Genus: Tetrapturus
Species: T. belone
Binomial name
Tetrapturus belone
Rafinesque, 1810
  • Histiophorus belone (Rafinesque, 1810)
  • Makaira belone (Rafinesque, 1810)
  • Skeponopodus typus Nardo, 1833
  • Scheponopodus prototypus Canestrini, 1872

The Mediterranean spearfish (Tetrapturus belone) is a species of marlin native to the Mediterranean Sea where it is particularly common around Italy. It is an open-water fish, being found within 200 metres (660 ft) of the surface. This species can reach a length of 240 centimetres (94 in) TL. The heaviest recorded specimen weighed in at 70 kilograms (150 lb) This species is of minor importance to commercial fisheries.[2]


  1. Collette, B., Bizsel, K., Boustany, A., Carpenter, K.E., Di Natale, A., Fox, W., Graves, J., Juan Jorda, M., Masuti, E., Nelson, R. & Oxenford, H. 2011. Tetrapturus belone. In: IUCN 2013. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.1. < Archived June 27, 2014, at the Wayback Machine.>. Downloaded on 19 October 2013.
  2. Froese, Rainer and Pauly, Daniel, eds. (2013). "Tetrapturus belone" in FishBase. August 2013 version.
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