Atlantic sailfish at sea

Atlantic sailfish

Atlantic sailfish are found in tropical and temperate parts of the Atlantic Ocean, though juveniles have been found in the Mediterranean Sea. Adults can weigh up to 60kg. Females grow larger than the males.

Scientific name: Istiophorus albicans

Rank: Species

Common names:

  • Billfish,
  • Ocean gar

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The following habitats are found across the Atlantic sailfish distribution range. Find out more about these environments, what it takes to live there and what else inhabits them.

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Additional data source: Animal Diversity Web


  1. Life
  2. Animals
  3. Vertebrates
  4. Bony fish
  5. Ray-finned fishes
  6. Perch-like fishes
  7. Istiophoridae
  8. Istiophorus
  9. Atlantic sailfish

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