Kingdom: Animalia > Phylum: Chordata > Class: Actinopterygii > Order: Perciformes > Family: Istiophoridae > Genus: Tetrapturus > Species: Tetrapturus belone

Mediterranean spearfish - Tetrapturus belone Rafinesque, 1810

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Threat status Europe Least Concern (IUCN)

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Threat and conservation status

IUCN Red List status of threatened species

The IUCN Red List threat status assesses the risk of extinction.

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
Acura imperiale Italian Fishbase
Aguggha imperiali Italian Fishbase
Agugghia 'mpiriale Italian Fishbase
Aguglia imperiale Italian Fishbase
Aguglia pelerana Italian Fishbase
Espadim-do-Mediterrâneo Portuguese Fishbase
Iglan Serbian Fishbase
Iglokljun Serbian Fishbase
Imsella imperjali Maltese Fishbase
Marliini Finnish Fishbase
Marlin French Fishbase
Marlín Spanish Fishbase
Marlin de Méditerranée French Fishbase
Marlin del Mediterráneo Spanish Fishbase
Medelhavs-marlin Swedish Fishbase
Mediterranean spearfish English Fishbase
Middelhav-marlin Norwegian Fishbase
Pastardella Maltese Fishbase
Pixxispad Maltese Fishbase
Pixxispad qasir Maltese Fishbase
Poisson-pique French Fishbase
Ugghia 'mpriali Italian Fishbase
Ugulia imperiali Italian Fishbase
Synonym Author
Scheponopodus prototypus Canestrini, 1872
Makaira belone (Rafinesque, 1810)
Skeponopodus typus Nardo, 1833
Histiophorus belone (Rafinesque, 1810)
Tetrapterurus belone Rafinesque, 1810
Tetrapterus belone Rafinesque, 1810
Tetraplurus belone Rafinesque, 1810

Other resources

CoL (accepted name) Catalogue of Life
Fauna Europaea search Fauna Europaea
FishBase FishBase
GBIF Global Biodiversity Information Facility
ITIS (Valid name) Interagency Taxonomic Information System
NCBI search National Center for Biotechnology Information
PESI (Accepted) Pan-European Species directories Infrastructure
WoRMS World Register of Marine Species

External data

No external data sets available for this species
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