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Species: Kajikia albida, White Marlin

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moderately compressed
nape low
D lobe = / > body depth
pectoral & D & A lobes: round
+/- iridescent bars; D black spots
anus near A ( < 1/2 A height)
1 obvious LL
scales stiff, elongate, 1-2 rear points

Kajikia albida (Poey, 1860)

White Marlin

Body elongate, moderately compressed; nape not elevated or only slightly elevated; bill rounded in cross-section; height of rounded front lobe of first dorsal fin nearly equal to greatest body depth; front of anal fin and pectoral tips rounded; first dorsal fin rays 38-46; second dorsal fin rays 5-6, close to first dorsal; first anal fin rays 12-17; second anal fin rays 5-6; pectoral fin rays 18-21, fin long and wide, can be pressed against body, tip rounded; pelvic fins slender, about equal to or slightly shorter than pectoral fins in large specimens and slightly longer than pectorals in small individuals; 2 keels on side of tail base; tail fin large, strongly forked; anus close to anal fin origin (<1/2 height of anal lobe); body covered with small stiff, elongate, bony scales, pointed at the front, with 1-2 points at the rear; lateral line an obvious single line.

Blue black to dark brown dorsally and silvery white ventrally; may display pale bars along side of body; first dorsal membrane blue-black, covered with many small black spots; usually no bars or spots on body.

Size: reaches 280 cm.

Habitat: pelagic, oceanic.

Depth: 0-150 m.

Tropical and temperate waters of the Atlantic; New York to central Brazil.

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  • Marine
  • Marine Only
  • Offshore
  • Offshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Mid Water
  • Near Surface
  • Surface
  • Water column only
  • Water column
FishBase Habitat
  • Pelagic
Feeding Group
  • Carnivore
  • Data
  • Planktivore
  • Data
  • Zooplankton
  • Bony fishes
  • Octopus/squid/cuttlefish
Egg Type
  • Data
  • Pelagic
  • Pelagic larva
Global Endemism
  • All species
  • Greater Caribbean non-endemic
  • Transatlantic (East+West Atlantic)
Regional Endemism
  • Also in Brazil
  • Continent
  • Continent + Island (s)
  • Extends N + S of GC
  • Extends North of GC
  • Extends South of GC
  • GC non-endemic
  • Insular primarily
  • Island (s)
  • All species
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Equatorial (0-10N, Costa Rica / Venezuela)
  • Subtropical (23-35N, Florida / Carolinas / Bermuda)
  • Temperate (>35N)
  • Tropical (10-23N, Nicaragua / Cuba)
IUCN Red List
  • Listed
  • Vulnerable
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 280
Depth Range Min
  • 0
Depth Range Max
  • 150