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Makaira nigricans Atlantic Blue Marlin

Makaira nigricansis commonly referred to as Atlantic Blue Marlin. Difficulty in the aquarium: Experts only! Very hard to keep.


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lexID:
3205 
AphiaID:
126950 
Scientific:
Makaira nigricans 
German:
Atlantischer Blauer Marlin 
English:
Atlantic Blue Marlin 
Category:
Spearfishes 
Family tree:
Animalia (Kingdom) > Chordata (Phylum) > Actinopterygii (Class) > Perciformes (Order) > Istiophoridae (Family) > Makaira (Genus) > nigricans (Species) 
Initial determination:
Lacepède, 1802 
Occurrence:
Africa, Central Atlantic, South-Africa, USA, West-Atlantic Ocean 
Size:
up to 169.29" (430 cm) 
Temperature:
50 °F - 75.2 °F (10°C - 24°C) 
Food:
Codfish, Fish (little fishes), Jackfish 
Difficulty:
Experts only! Very hard to keep 
CITES:
Not evaluated 
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Publisher:
Meerwasser-Lexikon.de
Created:
Last edit:
2010-06-03 19:48:09 

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Makaira nigricans, also known as Atlantic Blue Marlin or simply Blue Marlin, are found throughout the Atlantic. By a line of Nova Scotia in the west to the Bay of Biscay in the east, to the south to the Cape of Good Hope in the east, and Cape Horn in the West is its range.

Its dorsal body coloration is often a dark blue. Anteriorly the body is silver-white with mostly different shades. It shows 15 dark vertical stripes or spots on the body on a silvery-blue background .

You must have very, very much luck, once to see in the open sea a Blue Marlin, or even with it's scientific name Makaira nigricans . Even more luck then you have if you have taken about 500 pictures and a few of then are reasonably successful. The fish is incredibly fast and just barely successful to phograph. The picture below was taken in the open sea near South Africa at a "blue-water diving", a rare picture taken at the southernmost tip of its habitat and completely unexpected.

This fish is definitely NOT a fish for an aquarium, even not for large one. Anyone who has seen the speed at which this fish circles, has seen the impressive size and elegance with which he swims and build with group of other blue marlins so called "bite ball's" or "bite bates“ from schools of fish (like sardines, herring, mackerel, tuna) usually near the surface, which are then destroyed by the group until the last fish is deeply impressed. Even dolphins are on his menu, even if rare.



Order - Perciformes
Family - Istiophoridae
Genus - Makaira
Species – M. nigricans


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am 04.06.10#2
Kurze Erwiderung auf den Kommentar von harbi.

Da es bisher noch nicht sicher wissenschaftlich erwiesen ist ob beide Arten nicht doch nur eine sind, sie sich lediglich minimal in den äußeren Merkmalen und Färbungen unterscheiden lassen und der Entstehungsort des Bildes die Atlantikküste Süd-Afrikas kurz vor der Namibischen Grenze ist, sollte es sich um den Atlantischen Blauen Marlin handeln.

Ich bin ebenfalls im Besitz von Aufnahmen der pazifischen Variante (Tetrapturus audax) und bin mir sicher das SIE den Unterschied anhand eines Bildes nicht nachweisen. Ich habe beide Tiere aus unmittelbarer Nähe sehen können und könnte keinen Unterschied aufzeigen, es sei denn ich weiss WO die Aufnahme enstand.
am 04.06.10#1
Das Foto zeigt einen Striped Marlin.
Dafür sprechen, neben den ausgeprägten Streifen, die hohe Rückenflosse, die niedrige Stirn und der Ansatz der Schwanzflosse.
Der Striped Marlin kommt im Pazifik und im Indischen Ozean vor, nicht aber im Atlantik
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