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Little tunny

Order Perciformes
Family Scombridae

Marine fish with regularly ossified skeleton. Body elongated, fusiform, somewhat compressed, without scales, except in the corselete. Two very close dorsal fins. Second dorsal fin followed by 8 pinnuts. Anal fin followed by 7 pínnulas. Caudal peduncle with a central keel on each side. Bright blue-gray color, darker on the back, whitish on the belly. On the back, convoluted drawings of wavy lines and black spots on the back, from the middle of the first dorsal fin to the tail; 6 to 12 black spots on the abdomen, between the pectoral fins and the pelvic fins, sometimes very scarce. Up to 1.22 m in length. Up to 16.5 kg in weight.

FAO code
Euthynnus alletteratus
Blue fish
FAO Fishing Areas
  • Area 21: the Northwestern part of the Atlantic Ocean
  • Area 27: the Northeastern part of the Atlantic Ocean
  • Area 31: the Western part of the Atlantic Ocean
  • Area 34: the Eastern Central part of the Atlantic Ocean
  • Area 37: the Mediterranean Sea and the Black Sea
  • Area 41: the Southwestern part of the Atlantic Ocean
  • Area 47: the Southeastern part of the Atlantic Ocean
Fishing seasons
mar apr may jun jul aug sep oct nov
International denominations
Germany Thonine
China 小鮪
France Thonine
Italy Tonnetto
Portugal Merma
United Kingdom Little tunny
Japan Taiseiyou-yaito
Fishing areas
Fishing arts
Purse seines

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