Bonito, Little Tunny

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Bonito, Little Tunny

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Scientific Name

Euthynnus alletteratus

Common Names

Blue bonito, False albacore, Little Tuna


The Little Tunny is a common tuna that is defined by its distinctive coloration of dark spots, curved line like patterns on its back. The Little Tunny ranges in coloration from a grey green to a bluish color on its back, blending to a silvery white on its belly. In addition to this it also lacks scales in most places save for a line running down the middle of the fish.

Habitat & Behaviour

Little Tunnies can be found in coastal features such as bays, reefs as well as further out from the shore. They are a migratory schooling fish and can be found traveling in large, sometimes even huge schools traveling north for the summer and south in the winter.

Natural Prey

Little Tunnies are speedy, voracious predators that subsist on a diet of small fish, cephalopods and crustaceans.

Handling Tips

Grab by tail when get close to boat, gaff larger ones in back of head if harvesting. Rows of teeth - don’t put finger in mouth (teeth not especially sharp but still wouldn’t be good to get bitten!). Can put fingers in gill plates to hold on to em.