Euthynnus alletteratus. This schooling fish lives in a great deal of the oceans and seas, preferring the open waters and coastal ocean zones. The Little Tunny, Euthynnus alletteratus. Illustration by Diana Rome Peebles Courtesy of Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Division of . Species Fact Sheets. Euthynnus alletteratus (Rafinesque, ). See tree map display tree map. FAO Names. En – Little tunny(= skipj), Fr – Thonine.

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It is often confused with the skipjack tunathe frigate tunathe Atlantic bonito, and the bullet tuna. Other common names are atlanticheskyj malyj tunets Russianatlantiese kleintuna Afrikaansbalamydah Arabickarvouni Greekluc East Adriatic Coast Slavic languageseuthynnue yaito Japaneseton mic Romanianand tunek atlantycki Polish as well as the Scandinavian names of tunniina Finnishtunnin Norwegianand tunnina Swedish.

Florida Museum of Natural History. Females reach maturity at The allettdratus are prolific fish, and can release 1. Adult little tunny school according to size with other scombrid species at depths ranging from feet m. Learn from the Experts at Salt Water Magazine. Though we edit our accounts for accuracy, we cannot guarantee all information in those accounts.

Fresh steaks can be quite good if seasoned with salt, pepper and lemon, and thinly sliced tunny makes good sashimi. Caudal peduncle with finlets.

Coloration This fish is steel blue with broken, dark wavy lines, not extending below the lateral line. The first dorsal fin has high anterior spines giving the fin a concave outline, separated only narrowly from the second dorsal. Seabirds prey on small little tunny. The little tunny is commercially important in many locations including the West Indies. These fertilized eggs are pelagic, spherical, and transparent, with a diameter of 0.


The very young will enter estuaries in South Africa. The dorsal fins of the bullet and frigate mackerel are set apart. In the eastern Atlantic, the little tunny has been found from Skagerrak to South Africa. The alletterxtus tunny is found in the neritic waters of the temperate and tropical zones in the Atlantic ocean.

eutthynnus Parasites Parasites of the little tunny include the copepods Caligus bonitoCaligus coryphaenaeand Caligus productusall found on the body surface as well as on the wall of the branchial cavities. The eggs are buoyant, spherical, transparent, and pelagic.

The different sections are characterized by their diameter and color. There are many ways to eat the Little Tunny, such as Tuna Salad. Scombrids of the world.

Fishes of the Southeastern United States. The coloration of the little tunny is typically metallic blue or euthynns with dark, wavy stripes above the lateral line.

The little tunny has a dorsal fin with 10 to 15 tall, descending spines, as well as a much smaller second dorsal fin followed by eight finlets. The diet of euthjnnus fish is also relative to its size. The first dorsal fin of the Atlantic bonito is also lower and sloping. On the Atlantic coast of the United States, they can be caught as far north as Cape CodMassachusetts, and as far south as the tip of Floridaas well as throughout the waters of the Gulf of Mexico.


Collaborators Pictures Eithynnus, Coins Misc. It is not as migratory as other tuna species. Incipient protuberances on 33rd and 34th vertebrae.

ADW: Euthynnus alletteratus: CLASSIFICATION

Its diet consists mostly of fish; it particularly likes the Atlantic bigeye and largehead hairtail. Various seasonings can be used to enhance the flavor. The little tunny may live to 10 years of age. Another aletteratus, Pseudocycnoides appendiculatus, has been documented as parasitic on the gill filaments.

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These schools cover areas up to 3. The snout is shorter than the rest of the head. Short description Morphology Morphometrics Dorsal spines total: It is the most common scombrid in the western north Atlantic.

A small caudal spot is present. Main reference Upload your references References Coordinator: It is a popular game fish because of its speed and strength, and can averages 32 inches and 20 pounds, alletterarus has been caught as large as 48 inches.

Views Read Edit View history. The corselet is a band of large, thick scales forming a circle around the body behind the head, extending backwards along the lateral line.