Kingdom: Animalia > Phylum: Chordata > Class: Actinopterygii > Order: Perciformes > Family: Istiophoridae > Genus: Makaira > Species: Makaira indica

Black marlin - Makaira indica (Cuvier, 1832)

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Threat status Europe Not evaluated (IUCN)

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Threat and conservation status

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IUCN Red List Category
Not Evaluated
Near Threatened
Regionally Extinct
Not Applicable
Extinct in the Wild
Data Deficient
Least Concern
Critically Endangered

EU conservation status

The EU conservation status is assessed for species mentioned in the EU Habitats Directive annexes. The EU Habitats Directive does not cover this species.

Natura 2000 sites

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Legal status

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Common names and synonyms

Common Name Language Reference
Aguja negra Spanish Fishbase
Black marlin English Fishbase
Espadim Portuguese Fishbase
Espadim-negro Portuguese Fishbase
Espadim-petro Portuguese Fishbase
Makaira czarna Polish Fishbase
Makaire noir French Fishbase
Marlin Danish Fishbase
Marlin Dutch Fishbase
Marlin German Fishbase
Marlin Serbian Fishbase
Marlin Spanish Fishbase
Marlin nero Italian Fishbase
Mustamarliini Finnish Fishbase
Pesce lancia Italian Fishbase
Schwarzer marlin German Fishbase
Sombra-negra Portuguese Fishbase
Spjutfisk Swedish Fishbase
Svart marlin Norwegian Fishbase
Svart marlin Swedish Fishbase
Zwarte marlijn Dutch Fishbase
Zwarte marlin Dutch Fishbase
Synonym Author
Istiomax indicus (Cuvier, 1832)
Istiompax marlina (Jordan & Hill, 1926)
Makaira australis (MacLeay, 1854)
Tetrapturus indicus Cuvier, 1832
Tetrapturus australis Macleay, 1854
Histiophorus brevirostris Playfair, 1867
Tetrapturus brevirostris (Playfair, 1866)
Makaira marlina Jordan & Hill, 1926
Istiompax australis Whitley, 1931
Makaira indicus (Cuvier, 1832)
Makaira nigricans marlina Jordan & Hill, 1926
Makaira nigricans tahitiensis Nichols & LaMonte, 1935
Makaira brevirostris Playfair, 1867
Makaira ampla marlina Jordan & Hill, 1926
Makaira ampla tahitiensis Nichols & LaMonte, 1935
Marlina marlina (Jordan & Hill, 1926)
Malina malina (Jordan & Hill, 1926)
Makaira marhina Jordan & Hill, 1926
Istiompax dombraini Whitley, 1954
Makaira mazara tahitiensis Nichols & LaMonte, 1935
Makaira xantholineata Deraniyagala, 1956
Makaira herscheri Fourmanoir, 1957
Istiompax brevirostris (Playfair, 1867)
Istiompax indicus (Cuvier, 1832)
Makaira marlina marlina Jordan & Hill, 1926
Makaira marlina tahitiensis Nichols & LaMonte, 1935
Maikaira indica (Cuvier, 1832)

Other resources

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Wikipedia Wikipedia
WoRMS World Register of Marine Species

External data

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