swordfish (Xiphias gladius)
Source/Photographer Iconographia Zoologica
Old Latin name Xiphias gladius
New Latin name Xiphias gladius
Common name Nederlands: Zwaardvis
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.