Istiophorus platypterus was reported from 100 countries/islands


Table 1: the species is currently present in 97 of them (endemic, native, introduced);
Table 2: possible in 0 of them (stray, questionable);
Table 3: absent from 3 of them (extirpated, not established, misidentification, error).
Table 4: all reports listed together.

Distribution: Indo-Pacific: tropical and temperate waters approximately 45°- 50°N and 40°-35°S in the western Pacific, 35°N and 35°S in the eastern Pacific; 45°S in western Indian Ocean and 35°S in eastern Indian Ocean. Entered Mediterranean Sea from Red sea via Suez Canal. Highly migratory species, Annex I of the 1982 Convention on the Law of the Sea (Ref. 26139). Some authors recognize a single worldwide species, Istiophorus platypterus (Shaw & Nodder 1792) but we follow Nakamura 1990 (Ref. 10820) retaining the usage of Istiophorus platypterus for the Indo-Pacific sailfish and Istiophorus albicans for the Atlantic sailfish in recognition of the differences between them.
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Table 1: Present in 97 countries/islands (endemic, native, introduced)
Continent Country Occurrence Main Ref.
Oceania Admiralty Is. ADM native 43
Oceania American Samoa ASM native 592
Asia Andaman Is. ANI native 45255
Africa Ascension I. ASC native 98447
Oceania Australia AUS native 43
Asia Bahrain BHR native 43
Asia Bangladesh BGD native 43
Asia Cambodia KHM native 43
Asia Chagos Is. CHG native 27307
South America Chile CHL native 43
Asia China CHN native 47843
Asia Christmas I. CXR native 30874
South America Colombia COL native 43
Africa Comoros COM native 43
Oceania Cook Is. COK native 43
North America Costa Rica CRI native 43
Africa Djibouti DJI native 43
Oceania Easter I. EAS native 43
South America Ecuador ECU native 40498
Africa Egypt EGY native 43
North America El Salvador SLV native 43
Africa Eritrea ERI native 43
Oceania Fiji FJI native 12596
Europe France FRA native 116450
Oceania French Polynesia PYF native 43
South America Galapagos Is. GOS native 43
Oceania Guam GUM native 43
North America Guatemala GTM native 43
Oceania Hawaii HWI native 43
North America Honduras HND native 43
Asia Hong Kong HKG native 43
Asia India IND native 45255
Asia Indonesia IDN native 43
Asia Iran IRN native 43
Asia Iraq IRQ native 43
Asia Japan JPN native 559
Asia Jordan JOR native 58021
Africa Kenya KEN native 43
Oceania Kiribati KIR native 43
Asia Korea (North) PRK native 43
Asia Korea (South) KOR native 77001
Asia Kuwait KWT native 43
Asia Macau MAC native 43
Africa Madagascar MDG native 43
Asia Malaysia MYS native 43
Asia Maldives MDV native 11303
Oceania Marquesas Is. MQS native 43
Oceania Marshall Is. MHL native 43
Africa Mauritania MRT native 5377
Africa Mauritius MUS native 58078
North America Mexico MEX native 43
Oceania Micronesia FSM native 43
Africa Mozambique MOZ native 43
Asia Myanmar MMR native 43
Africa Namibia NAM native 36731
Oceania New Caledonia NCL native 11897
Oceania New Zealand NZL native 5755
North America Nicaragua NIC native 43
Africa Nigeria NGA native 11441
Oceania Niue NIU native 43
Oceania North Marianas MNP native 43
Asia Oman OMN native 11441
Asia Pakistan PAK native 43
Oceania Palau PLW native 43
North America Panama PAN native 43
Oceania Papua New Guinea PNG native 6771
South America Peru PER native 43
Asia Philippines PHL native 43
Asia Qatar QAT native 43
Africa Réunion REU native 43
Europe Russia RUS native 43
Asia Ryukyu Is. RYU native 43
Oceania Samoa WSM native 592
Asia Saudi Arabia SAU native 43
Africa Seychelles SYC native 43
Asia Singapore SGP native 43
Africa Socotra Arch SOC native 37631
Oceania Solomon Is. SLB native 43
Africa Somalia SOM native 43
Africa South Africa ZAF native 43
Asia Sri Lanka LKA native 43
Africa Sudan SDN native 43
Oceania Tahiti TIT native 43
Asia Taiwan TWN native 43
Africa Tanzania TZA native 43
Asia Thailand THA native 37773
Asia Timor-Leste TLS native 43
Oceania Tokelau TKL native 43
Oceania Tonga TON native 43
Oceania Tuamotu Is. TUA native 43
Oceania Tuvalu TUV native 12690
Asia United Arab Em. ARE native 94054
North America USA USA native 43
Oceania Vanuatu VUT native 43
Asia Viet Nam VNM native 46893
Oceania Wake I. WAK native 37816
Asia Yemen YEM native 43

Table 3: Absent from 3 country/island (extirpated, not established, misidentification, error)
Continent Country Occurrence Main Ref.
North America Cuba CUB misidentification 54206
North America Puerto Rico PRI misidentification 50307
North America Virgin Is. (US) VIR misidentification 26180

Table 4: Reported from 100 countries/islands.
Continent Country Occurrence Main Ref.
Oceania Admiralty Is. ADM native 43
Oceania American Samoa ASM native 592
Asia Andaman Is. ANI native 45255
Africa Ascension I. ASC native 98447
Oceania Australia AUS native 43
Asia Bahrain BHR native 43
Asia Bangladesh BGD native 43
Asia Cambodia KHM native 43
Asia Chagos Is. CHG native 27307
South America Chile CHL native 43
Asia China CHN native 47843
Asia Christmas I. CXR native 30874
South America Colombia COL native 43
Africa Comoros COM native 43
Oceania Cook Is. COK native 43
North America Costa Rica CRI native 43
North America Cuba CUB misidentification 54206
Africa Djibouti DJI native 43
Oceania Easter I. EAS native 43
South America Ecuador ECU native 40498
Africa Egypt EGY native 43
North America El Salvador SLV native 43
Africa Eritrea ERI native 43
Oceania Fiji FJI native 12596
Europe France FRA native 116450
Oceania French Polynesia PYF native 43
South America Galapagos Is. GOS native 43
Oceania Guam GUM native 43
North America Guatemala GTM native 43
Oceania Hawaii HWI native 43
North America Honduras HND native 43
Asia Hong Kong HKG native 43
Asia India IND native 45255
Asia Indonesia IDN native 43
Asia Iran IRN native 43
Asia Iraq IRQ native 43
Asia Japan JPN native 559
Asia Jordan JOR native 58021
Africa Kenya KEN native 43
Oceania Kiribati KIR native 43
Asia Korea (North) PRK native 43
Asia Korea (South) KOR native 77001
Asia Kuwait KWT native 43
Asia Macau MAC native 43
Africa Madagascar MDG native 43
Asia Malaysia MYS native 43
Asia Maldives MDV native 11303
Oceania Marquesas Is. MQS native 43
Oceania Marshall Is. MHL native 43
Africa Mauritania MRT native 5377
Africa Mauritius MUS native 58078
North America Mexico MEX native 43
Oceania Micronesia FSM native 43
Africa Mozambique MOZ native 43
Asia Myanmar MMR native 43
Africa Namibia NAM native 36731
Oceania New Caledonia NCL native 11897
Oceania New Zealand NZL native 5755
North America Nicaragua NIC native 43
Africa Nigeria NGA native 11441
Oceania Niue NIU native 43
Oceania North Marianas MNP native 43
Asia Oman OMN native 11441
Asia Pakistan PAK native 43
Oceania Palau PLW native 43
North America Panama PAN native 43
Oceania Papua New Guinea PNG native 6771
South America Peru PER native 43
Asia Philippines PHL native 43
North America Puerto Rico PRI misidentification 50307
Asia Qatar QAT native 43
Africa Réunion REU native 43
Europe Russia RUS native 43
Asia Ryukyu Is. RYU native 43
Oceania Samoa WSM native 592
Asia Saudi Arabia SAU native 43
Africa Seychelles SYC native 43
Asia Singapore SGP native 43
Africa Socotra Arch SOC native 37631
Oceania Solomon Is. SLB native 43
Africa Somalia SOM native 43
Africa South Africa ZAF native 43
Asia Sri Lanka LKA native 43
Africa Sudan SDN native 43
Oceania Tahiti TIT native 43
Asia Taiwan TWN native 43
Africa Tanzania TZA native 43
Asia Thailand THA native 37773
Asia Timor-Leste TLS native 43
Oceania Tokelau TKL native 43
Oceania Tonga TON native 43
Oceania Tuamotu Is. TUA native 43
Oceania Tuvalu TUV native 12690
Asia United Arab Em. ARE native 94054
North America USA USA native 43
Oceania Vanuatu VUT native 43
Asia Viet Nam VNM native 46893
North America Virgin Is. (US) VIR misidentification 26180
Oceania Wake I. WAK native 37816
Asia Yemen YEM native 43
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