little tunny

Scientific name euthynnus alletteratus
Descriptor Rafinesque
Year of description 1810
IUCN category LC
Family Scombridae
Genus Euthynnus
Euthynnus alletteratus Euthynnus alletteratus


Euthynnus alletteratus, commonly known as little tunny, is a salt water fish.

Who is it?


  • Average size
    80 cm
  • Maximum size
    122 cm
  • Longevity
    10 year
  • Average size
    80 cm
  • Maximum size
    122 cm
  • Longevity
    10 year

How to recognize the little tunny ?

The little tunny measures between 80 and 122 cm. This fish is bicolore with a predominantly bleu, argent and gris body.

Behaviour & Life cycle

  • diet
  • Sociability
    living in shoals
  • territorial
  • Way of living

The little tunny is a fish living in shoals naturally found at mid-depth. This species is carnivorous .


  • Reproduction
    ovipare qui pond en eau libre

The little tunny is a fish ovipare qui pond en eau libre.

Harmless species

This species does not represent any particular threats to humans when encountered in its natural environment.

Where to find it?

What is its habitat?

Natural environment characteristics

  • Temperature
    12 - 26 °C
  • Depth
    1 - 150 m
  • Environment
    Active pelagic

Biotope presentation

The little tunny is most often found at a depth between 1m and 150m. However, it is not impossible to find this species at other depths.

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Bibliographic references

Estimating Age and Growth of Little Tunny, Euthynnus alletteratus, off the Coast of Senegal, Using Dorsal Fin Spine Sections - PATRICE M. CAYRE - TAIB DIOUP - NOAA - National Marine Fisheries Service - 1983.

Reproductive biology of little tunny, Euthynnus alletteratus (Rafinesque), from the north-eastern Mediterranean Sea - A. E. Kahraman - T. Z. Alicli - T. Akayli - I. K. Oray - WILEY - 2008.

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