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Encyclopedia > Atlantic Blue Marlin
Atlantic Blue Marlin

Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Perciformes
Family: Istiophoridae
Genus: Makaira
Species: M. nigricans
Makaira nigricans
Lacépède, 1802

The Atlantic Blue Marlin (Makaira nigricans) is a species of marlin. It is a large commercial game fish with a maximum published weight of 820 kg (1800 lb). This size makes it one of the largest bony fish species. Its body is blue-black above, and a silvery white below. Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (2048x1536, 787 KB) A blue marlin being caught in the Gulf of Mexico in 2004. ... Scientific classification or biological classification is how biologists group and categorize extinct and living species of organisms. ... Phyla Porifera (sponges) Ctenophora (comb jellies) Cnidaria (coral, jellyfish, anemones) Placozoa (trichoplax) Subregnum Bilateria (bilateral symmetry) Acoelomorpha (basal) Orthonectida (parasitic to flatworms, echinoderms, etc. ... Typical Classes Subphylum Urochordata - Tunicates Ascidiacea Thaliacea Larvacea Subphylum Cephalochordata - Lancelets Subphylum Myxini - Hagfishes Subphylum Vertebrata - Vertebrates Petromyzontida - Lampreys Placodermi (extinct) Chondrichthyes - Cartilaginous fishes Acanthodii (extinct) Actinopterygii - Ray-finned fishes Actinistia - Coelacanths Dipnoi - Lungfishes Amphibia - Amphibians Reptilia - Reptiles Aves - Birds Mammalia - Mammals Chordates (phylum Chordata) include the vertebrates, together with... Orders See text The Actinopterygii are the ray-finned fish. ... Families many, see text The Perciformes, also called the Percomorphi or Acanthopteri, include about 40% of all fish and are the largest order of vertebrates. ... Genera Tetrapturus Makaira This article refers to the fish. ... In biology, binomial nomenclature is the formal method of naming species. ... See also the disambiguation page Lacépède (disambiguation) de La Cépède Bernard Germain Étienne comte de La Ville-sur-Illon La Cépède (December 26, 1756 – October 6, 1825) was a French naturalist. ... Genera Istiophorus Makaira Tetrapturus See text for species. ... A Game fish is a fish that is pursued for sport, regardless of whether the fisherman ultimately eats the fish. ...

Atlantic Blue Marlins primarily feed on other fish and cephalopods. Orders Sepiida Sepiolida Spirulida Teuthida Octopoda Vampyromorphida Nautilida The Cephalopods (head-foot) are the mollusk class Cephalopoda characterized by bilateral body symmetry, a prominent head, and a modification of the mollusk foot, a muscular hydrostat, into the form of arms or tentacles. ...

The status of the Indo-Pacific Blue Marlin (Makaira mazara) as a separate species is subject to some debate.

The Atlantic Blue Marlin is the national fish of The Bahamas.




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