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  • Spearfish Longbill

    Posted on August 6, 2012 by in Saltwater Fish
    Spearfish Longbill

    Spearfish Longbill

    Longbill Spearfish: Tetrapturus pfluegeri

    Appearance:

    • Color of body dark blue shading to silvery, white underneath
    • Dorsal fin bluish, others brown-black
    • Two dorsal fins, the first lengthy, its front forming a peak
    • Two anal fins, the anus well in front of the first
    • Upper jaw is prolonged into spear
    • Its cross section is round

     

    Habitat: Longbill spearfish are found offshore in deep water.

    Behavior: These fish are uncommon.  Available data indicate that spearfish matures at 2 years of age and rarely lives past 4 to 5 years.  They are pelagic and feed at or near the surface, mainly on fishes and squid.

    State Record: 61 lb 8 oz, caught near Islamorada

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    Additional Information:  Longbill spearfish are named for Al Pflueger, Sr., founder of Pflueger Taxidermy.

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