Makaira mazara   (Jordan & Snyder,  1901) (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

Image copyrights: CAFS

Size: Max length 500 cm TL (male/unsexed); common length 350 cm TL (male/unsexed)

Weight: 170.0 - 906 kg

Color: Body blue-black dorsally and silvery white ventrally, with about 25 pale, cobalt-colored stripes, each consisting of round dots or narrow bars. 15 bluish bars across the flanks, belly pale silver, membrane of first dorsal fin blue black with dark spots. Back dark blue.

Body elongated and not very compressed. Upper jaw produced into a robust but not very long beak, two dorsal fins, the height of the first less then the greatest body depth, short anteriorly, taller in the middle, then becoming shorter posteriorly. Pectoral fins falcate and flexible, with 21 to 23 rays. Body densely covered with small, embedded scales with 1 or 2 sharp points. Caudal peduncle with strong double keels on each side and a shallow notch on both the dorsal and ventral surfaces.

Dioecious, external fertilization, nonguarders, open water/substratum egg scatterers.

Max. reported age: 28 years

Synonym (s)
Makaira nigricans (nec Lacepede) Jones and Silas, 1964
Eumakaira nigra Hirasaka & Nakamura, 1947
(Junior synonym)
Istiompax howardi Whitley, 1954
(Junior synonym)
Istiompax mazara (Jordan & Snyder, 1901)
(Senior synonym)
Makaira ampla mazara (Jordan & Schneider, 1901)
(Senior synonym)
Makaira mazara (Jordan & Snyder, 1901)
(Senior synonym)
Makaira nigra (Hirasaka & Nakamura, 1947)
(Junior synonym)
Makaira nigricans (non Lacepede, 1802)
(Misapplied name)
Makaira nigricans mazara (Jordan & Snyder, 1901)
(Senior synonym)
Tetrapturus mazara Jordan & Snyder, 1901
(Senior synonym)

Common Name (s)
• Indo Pacific Blue Marlin (English)
• Blue Marlin (English)
Economic Importance and Threats
Importance:  Commercial
(Fisheries, marketed mostly frozen, gamefish, prepared as sashimi (sliced raw fish) and fish sausages in Japan. Flesh excellent eating. )

Habitat:  Pelagic
Trophic Level:  Tertiary Consumer
Prey:  Squids, tuna-like fishes, crustaceans and cephalopods
Predator:  Sharks, rays and whales


• Andaman and Nicobar Islands INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • Rao, DV; Devi, K and Rajan, PT (2000) An account of ichthyofauna of Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Bay of Bengal Occasional paper no 178 Records of the Zoological Survey of India ZSI, Calcutta 1-434 Available at - NCL, Pune
  • Heemstra, E; Heemstra, P; Smale, M; Hoopers, T and Pelicier, D (2004) Preliminary checklist of coastal fishes from the Mauritian island of Rodrigues Journal of natural history Taylor and Francis 38(23-24) 3315 - 3350 Available at - index/
  • Nakamura, I (1985) Billfishes of the world. An annotated and illustrated catalogue of marlins, sailfishes, spearfishes and swordfishes known to date FAO Fisheries Synopsis 23743 Available at - ZOOR12200027680
  • Letourneur, Y; Chabanet, P; Durville, P; Taquet, M; Teissier, E; Parmentier, M; Quero, JC and Pothin, K (2004) An updated checklist of the marine fish fauna of Reunion Island, south-western Indian Ocean Cybium 28(3) 199-216
  • Graves, JE and McDowell, JR (1995) Inter-ocean genetic divergence of istiophorid billfishes Marine Biology (Berlin) 122(2) 193-203 Available at - ZOOR13200030689
  • Froese, R and Pauly, D (2000) Fishbase 2000: Concepts, design and data sources ICLARM 344 pp Available at -
  • Talwar, PK and Kacker, RK (1984) Commercial sea fishes of India ZSI, Calcutta 997 pp Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at -
  • Fischer, W and Bianchi, G (Eds.) (1984) FAO species identification sheets for fishery purposes. Western Indian Ocean (Fishing Area 51) FAO, Rome 2 Available at -
  • Talwar, PK (1990) Fishes of Andaman and Nicobar Islands: A synoptic survey Journal of the Andaman Science Association Andaman Science Association, Port Blair 6(2) 71-102 Available at - NIO,Goa
  • Pillai, PKM and Augustine, SK (2000) A code list of common marine living resources of the Indian seas CMFRI Special Publication No.12 CMFRI 1-115 Available at -

Page last updated on:2011-12-08

Back to Search