yellowfin tuna

Scientific name Thunnus albacares
Descriptor Bonnaterre
Year of description 1788
IUCN category LC
Family Scombridae
Genus Thunnus
Thunnus albacares Thunnus albacares


Thunnus albacares, commonly known as yellowfin tuna, is a salt water fish.

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Who is it?


  • Average size
    150 cm
  • Maximum size
    240 cm
  • Longevity
    9 year
  • Average size
    150 cm
  • Maximum size
    240 cm
  • Longevity
    9 year

How to recognize the yellowfin tuna ?

The yellowfin tuna measures between 150 and 240 cm. This fish is tricolore with a predominantly jaune, bleu, vert and argent body.

Behaviour & Life cycle

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

The yellowfin tuna hunts in the stalk and is one of the predators of its biotope. Opportunistic, it does not hesitate to attack any smaller animal nearby.

The yellowfin tuna is a fish living in shoals naturally found mid-depth and near surface. This species is carnivorous .

Although the yellowfin tuna is non-territorial, it is sometimes aggressive towards other species.


  • Reproduction
    ovipare qui pond en eau libre
  • Migratory species

The yellowfin tuna is a fish ovipare qui pond en eau libre. This fish protects its eggs from nearby predators.

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
    17 - 29 °C
  • Depth
    1 - 250 m
  • Environment
    Active pelagic

Biotope presentation

The yellowfin tuna is most often found at a depth between 1m and 250m. However, it is not impossible to find this species at other depths.

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