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| Common names: marlin (English), marlín (Espanol), merlín (Espanol) |
Kajikia audax (Philippi, 1887)
Body moderately compressed, strongly at level of origin of anal fin; nape not elevated or only slightly elevated; bill rounded in cross section; adults with small teeth; dorsal fin with triangular peak at front, remainder of fin very low, height of front lobe slightly greater than greatest body depth; first dorsal fin rays 37-42; second dorsal fin rays 5-6; first anal fin rays 13-18; second anal fin rays 5-6; pectoral fin rays 18-22, fin long, tip pointed, moveable, can be pressed against body; pelvic fins slender, equal to or slightly shorter than pectoral fins in large specimens and slightly longer than pectorals in small individuals; anus close to origin of anal fin; lateral line a single, obvious line.
Blue black dorsally and silvery white ventrally, with about 15 cobalt-colored bars or vertical rows of spots; first dorsal fin dark blue; other fins dark brown, sometimes tinged with blue.
Size: reaches 420 cm; all-tackle world record 499 Kg.
Habitat: pelagic, oceanic.
Depth: 0-289 m.
Tropical and temperate seas of the Indo-Pacific. California to the SW and central eastern Gulf of California to Peru and the oceanic islands.