Black Marlin (species: Istiompax indica) in Lizard Island Field Guide (Lizard Island Field Guide)
Istiompax indica
Black Marlin

©Robbie N. Cada: Drawing of a black marlin
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Actinopterygii
Order Perciformes
Family Istiophoridae
Genus Istiompax
Species Istiompax indica



Distinguishing features

Distinguishing features still need to be specified.


  • Up to 465 cm (Length of specimen)

Depth range

  • Depth range data is not yet available.



©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution

Web resources


References that assist with identification

  • Randall, J.E., G.R. Allen and R.C. Steene (1990). Fishes of the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea University of Hawaii Press, Honolulu, Hawaii.

Other references

  • Leis, J.M., B. Goldman and S. Ueyanagi (1987). Distribution and abundance of billfish larvae (Pisces: Istiophoridae) in the Great Barrier Reef Lagoon and Coral Sea near Lizard Island, Australia, Fishery Bulletin, 85(4): 757-765. LIRS catalog number 217.
  • Speare, P. (1994). Relationships among black marlin, Makaira indica, in eastern Australian coastal waters, inferred from parasites, Australian Journal of Marine and Freshwater Research, 45: 535-549. LIRS catalog number 437.