atlantic bonito

Scientific name Sarda sarda
Descriptor Bloch
Year of description 1793
IUCN category LC
Family Scombridae
Genus Sarda
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Sarda sarda, commonly known as atlantic bonito, is a salt water fish.

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Who is it?


  • Average size
    50 cm
  • Maximum size
    91.4 cm
  • Longevity
    5 year
  • Pattern
    diagonal stripes
  • Average size
    50 cm
  • Maximum size
    91.4 cm
  • Longevity
    5 year
  • Pattern
    diagonal stripes

How to recognize the atlantic bonito ?

The atlantic bonito measures between 50 and 91.4 cm. The has bleu and noir diagonal stripes.

Behaviour & Life cycle

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

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


  • Reproduction
    ovipare qui pond en eau libre

The atlantic bonito 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 - 27 °C
  • Depth
    1 - 200 m
  • Environment
    Active pelagic

Biotope presentation

The atlantic bonito is most often found at a depth between 1m and 200m. However, it is not impossible to find this species at other depths.

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Bibliographic references

Seasonal distribution and spawning of small tunas (Auxis rochei and Sarda sarda) in the Northwestern Mediterranean - CSIC - 2001.

Feeding habits of the Atlantic bonito, Sarda sarda (Bloch, 1793) in the southern Tyrrhenian sea - D.Campo - E.Mostarda - M.P.Scarabello - F.Andaloro - Elsevier Ltd - 2006.

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