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A marlin is a fish from the family Istiophoridae (includes about 10 species). It has an elongated body, a spear-like snout or bill, and a long, rigid dorsal fin which extends forward to form a crest. Its common name is thought to derive from its resemblance to a sailor's marlinspike.<ref> {{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref> Even more so than their close relatives, the scombrids, marlins are fast swimmers, reaching speeds of about {{safesubst:#invoke:convert|convert}}.<ref name=EoF> {{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=book }}</ref><ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref>

The larger species include the Atlantic blue marlin, Makaira nigricans, which can reach {{safesubst:#invoke:convert|convert}} in length and {{safesubst:#invoke:convert|convert}} in weight<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref> and the black marlin, Istiompax indica, which can reach in excess of {{safesubst:#invoke:convert|convert}} in length and {{safesubst:#invoke:convert|convert}} in weight. They are popular sporting fish in tropical areas.

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