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

Atlantic blue marlin - Makaira nigricans Lacepède, 1802

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Threat status Europe Not evaluated (IUCN)

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Threat and conservation status

IUCN Red List status of threatened species

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Not evaluated

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 azul Spanish Fishbase
Aguja azul del Atlantico Spanish Fishbase
Atlantic blue marlin English Fishbase
Blå marlin Norwegian Fishbase
Blå marlin Swedish Fishbase
Blauer marlin German Fishbase
Blauwe marlijn Dutch Fishbase
Blue marlin English Fishbase
Espadarte-sombra Portuguese Fishbase
Espadim-azul Portuguese Fishbase
Espadim-azul-do-Atlântico Portuguese Fishbase
Espadium azul Portuguese Fishbase
Espadium azul do Atlantico Portuguese Fishbase
Makaira blekitna Polish Fishbase
Makaire bleu French Fishbase
Makaire bleu de l'Atlantique French Fishbase
Marlin albastru Romanian Fishbase
Marlin azzurro Italian Fishbase
Peito Portuguese Fishbase
Peixe agulha Portuguese Fishbase
Purjemarliini Finnish Fishbase
Sinimarliini Finnish Fishbase
Synonym Author
Makaira bermudae Mowbray, 1931
Makaira herschelii (Gray, 1838)
Makaira perezi Buen, 1950
Tetrapturus amplus Poey, 1860
Tetrapturus herschelii Gray, 1838
Histiophorus herschelii (Gray, 1838)
Makaira ampla (Poey, 1860)
Makaira ensis (Lacepède, 1800)
Orthocraeros bermudae (Mowbray, 1931)
Makaira nigricans nigricans Lacepède, 1802
Makaira nigricans ampla (Poey, 1860)
Makaira ampla ampla (Poey, 1860)
Maikaira nigricans Lacepède, 1802

Other resources

CoL (accepted name) Catalogue of Life
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NCBI search National Center for Biotechnology Information
PESI (Accepted) Pan-European Species directories Infrastructure
Wikipedia Wikipedia
WoRMS World Register of Marine Species

External data

No external data sets available for this species
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