swordfish (Xiphias gladius)
Author David Starr Jordan (1851–1931)
English: Swordfish, Xiphias gladius (Linnaeus)
English: Jordan, David Starr (1907) Fishes, New York City, NY: Henry Holt and Company
Swordfish (Xiphias gladius), also known as broadbills or broadbill swordfish in some countries, are large, highly migratory, predatory fish characterized by a long, flat bill. They are a popular sport fish of the billfish category, though elusive. Swordfish are elongated, round-bodied, and lose all teeth and scales by adulthood. These fish are found widely in tropical and temperate parts of the Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian Oceans.