Blackfin tuna

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Blackfin tuna
Blackfin tuna, Duane Raver Jr.jpg
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Perciformes
Family: Scombridae
Tribe: Thunnini
Genus: Thunnus
Subgenus: Neothunnus
Species: T. atlanticus
Binomial name
Thunnus atlanticus
Lesson, 1831

Blackfin tuna (Thunnus atlanticus) is the smallest tuna species in the Thunnus genus, generally growing to a maximum of 100 cm (39 in) in length and weighing 21 kg (46 lbs).

Blackfin tuna have oval-shaped bodies, black backs with a slight yellow on the finlets, and yellow on the sides of their bodies. They are only found in the western Atlantic from Cape Cod to Brazil.

Blackfin tuna hunt both epipelagic (surface) and mesopelagic (deeper water) fish and squid. They also eat crustaceans such as shrimp, crabs, amphipods, stomatopods, and the larvae of decapods.[2] They are a short-lived, fast-growing species; a 5-yr-old fish would be considered old. They reach sexual maturity at the age of two years, and spawn in the open sea during the summer. Blackfin tuna are a warmer-water fish, preferring water temperatures over 20 °C (68 °F).

Sustainable consumption[edit]

In 2010, Greenpeace International did not add the blackfin tuna, unlike other tuna species, to its seafood red list. [3]


  1. ^ Collette, B.; Amorim, A.F.; Boustany, A.; Carpenter, K.E.; Dooley, J.; de Oliveira Leite Jr., N.; Fox, W.; Fredou, F.L.; Fritzsche, R.; Graves, J.; et al. (2011). "Thunnus atlanticus". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2011.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 13 January 2012. 
  2. ^ Froese, Rainer and Pauly, Daniel, eds. (2012). "Thunnus atlanticus" in FishBase. November 2012 version.
  3. ^ Greenpeace International Seafood Red list Archived February 5, 2010, at the Wayback Machine.

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