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longbill-spearfish

Longbill Spearfish

Tetrapturus pfluegeri

Description: 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 prolonged into spear, its cross section round.

Similar Fish: White marlin, Tetrapterus albidus.

Where Found: Offshore in deep water.

Size: Relatively small species.

Remarks: Uncommon; available data indicate that the 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; named for Al Pflueger, Sr., founder of Pflueger Taxidermy.

Illustration: © Diane Rome Peebles

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