Similar species: longbill spearfish, Tetrapturus pfluegeri (Robins & de Sylva, 1963); Mediterranean spearfish, Tetrapturus belone (Rafinesque, 1810); roundscale spearfish Tetrapturus georgi (Lowe, 1841); ISTIOPHORIDAE FAMILY;
The shortbill spearfish has a specific line class. Other spearfish inhabiting the Atlantic Ocean and Mediterranean are in a separate line class as Atlantic spearfish, Tetrapturus spp.
The spearfishes are cosmopolitan, but nowhere are they abundant. The longbill spearfish is known to occur in the northwest Atlantic from New Jersey to Venezuela, including the Gulf of M...