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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Parasites of the little tunny include the copepods Caligus bonito, Caligus coryphaenae, and Caligus productus, all found on the body surface as well as on the wall of the branchial cavities. To cite this page: Short description Morphology Morphometrics Dorsal spines total: The little tunny was first described by Rafinesque in as Euthynnus alletteratus.

The coloration of the little tunny is typically metallic blue or blue-green with dark, wavy stripes above the lateral line. All of these places are where bait fish like sardine and menhadenboth favorites of the little tunny, form large schools, which are very helpful to the little tunny’s feeding style.

English language common names include little tunnyAtlantic little tuna, Atlantic little tunny, bone-eater, bonito, false albacore, little tuna, and eeuthynnus tuna. The little tunny is typically a schooling species.

When trolling for Little Tunny, fishermen often use small lures baited with either mullet or ballyhoo or lures dressed with colored feathers. It is marketed fresh, dried, canned, smoked, and frozen. Class Actinopterygii ray-finned fishes. Habitat This fish is typically found in neritic waters, inshore over the continental shelf in turbid, brackish waters. Collaborators Pictures Stamps, Coins Misc. The little tunny has some anatomical variations when compared to other species of Euthynnus.

The little tunny is commercially important in euthynnud locations including the West Indies.

To do this, the fillets are first baked, then chilled and flaked, then mixed in with the salad. The teeth and fins develop at sizes of 3. This fish is typically found in neritic waters, inshore over the continental shelf in turbid, brackish waters.

Its liver is very disproportionate, with the right lobe much longer than the left or middle lobes. At the base, the two dorsal fins are separated by a small interspace. Euthynnus alletteratus Rafinesque Family Scombridae Mackerels, tunas, bonitos.

Human uses

Constantine Samuel Rafinesque identified the little tunny in and gave the fish its current name: Back with broken oblique stripes Ref. The little tunny is found in the neritic waters of the temperate and tropical zones in the Atlantic ocean. It is a popular game fish because of its speed and strength, and can averages 32 inches and 20 pounds, but has been caught as large as 48 inches.

Help us improve the site by taking our survey. The genus Euthynnus alletteratks derived from the Ancient Greek: It is considered by many to be a trash fish because it has a darker allettsratus stronger taste than that of the other tunas. Various euthynnuz can be used to enhance the flavor.

Froese, Rainer and Pauly, Daniel, eds. The little tunny is frequently used as a bait for shark and marlin fisheries, primarily due to their high oil content and good hook retention.

Reproduction Spawning occurs in April through November in the eastern alletteeatus western Atlantic Ocean while in the Mediterranean Sea spawning takes place from late spring through summer. Summary page Point data Common names Photos.

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The family Scombridae includes the mackerels and tunas and includes 15 genera and 49 species worldwide. When float fishing, popular baits are Spot, Bluefish, or Pinfish. The flesh of the little tunny is darker and stronger tasting than that of the other large tunas. Species Euthynnus alletteratus Bonito.