Galapagos Species Checklist

Thunnus albacares (Bonnaterre, 1788)

atún de aleta amarilla, albacora, Yellowfin tuna

Silvery, often with often with iridescent bluish tints. Widely forked tail; pectoral fin extends to base of anal fin. Reaches maximum length slightly greater than 2m and weigths of at least 176kg Size: Reaches maximum lengths slightly greater than 2m and weights of at least 176kg

Habitat: Pelagic, schooling fishes

Taxonomy

Domain
Eukaryota

Kingdom
Animalia

Phylum
Chordata

Class
Actinopterygii

Order
Perciformes

Family
Scombridae

Genus
Thunnus

Species
albacares

Taxon category: Accepted

Syn.: Germo albacares (Bonnaterre, 1788), Germo albacora (Lowe, 1839), Germo allisoni (Mowbray, 1920), Germo argentivittatus (Cuvier, 1832), Germo itosibi (Jordan & Evermann, 1926), Germo macropterus (Temminck & Schlegel, 1844), Kishinoella zacalles Jordan & Evermann, 1926, Neothunnus albacares (Bonnaterre, 1788), Neothunnus albacora (Lowe, 1839), Neothunnus albacora brevipinna Bellón & Bardán de Bellón, 1949, Neothunnus albacora longipinna Bellón & Bardán de Bellón, 1949, Neothunnus albacora macropterus (Temminck & Schlegel, 1844), Neothunnus allisoni (Mowbray, 1920), Neothunnus argentivittatus (Cuvier, 1832), Neothunnus brevipinna Bellón & Bàrdan de Bellón, 1949, Neothunnus catalinae Jordan & Evermann, 1926, Neothunnus itosibi Jordan & Evermann, 1926, Neothunnus macropterus (Temminck & Schlegel, 1844), Neothunnus macropterus itosibi Jordan & Evermann, 1926, Neothunnus macropterus macropterus (Temminck & Schlegel, 1844), Orcynus albacora (Lowe, 1839), Orcynus macropterus (Temminck & Schlegel, 1844), Orcynus subulatus Poey, 1875, Scomber albacares Bonnaterre, 1788, Scomber albacorus Lacepède, 1800, Scomber sloanei Cuvier, 1832, Semathunnus guildi Fowler, 1933, Semathunnus itosibi (Jordan & Evermann, 1926), Thunnus albacares macropterus (Temminck & Schlegel, 1844), Thunnus albacora (Lowe, 1839), Thunnus allisoni Mowbray, 1920, Thunnus argentivittatus (Cuvier, 1832), Thunnus catalinae (Jordan & Evermann, 1926), Thunnus itosibi (Jordan & Evermann, 1926), Thunnus macropterus (Temminck & Schlegel, 1844), Thunnus zacalles (Jordan & Evermann, 1926), Thynnus albacora Lowe, 1839, Thynnus argentivittatus Cuvier, 1832, Thynnus macropterus Temminck & Schlegel, 1844, fide Appeltans et al. (2010)

Status

Least concern

Distribution

Distribution map of specimen collection localities or observation records for this species in our collections database.

Distribution: Tropical and suptropical waters; in the eastern Pacific from California to nothern Chile, including all oceanic islands, Southern California to Peru and all the oceanic islands. Circumtropical.

References

  • Grove, J.S. Lavenberg, R.J. (1997) The Fishes of the Galapagos Islands. Stanford University Press, Stanford California. 862 pp.
  • Humann, P. Deloach, N. (2003) Reef Fish Identification - Galapagos. New World Publication, Inc. Florida USA & Libri Mundi, Quito, Ecuador, 226 pp.
  • Appeltans, W. Bouchet, P., Boxshall, G.A., Fauchald, K., Gordon, D.P., Hoeksema, B.W., Poore, G.C.B., van Soest, R.W.M., Stöhr, S., Walter, T.C., Costello, M.J. (eds.) (2010) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS). Available online at http://www.marinespecies.org.
  • Punt, A. (1996) Thunnus albacares IUCN 2010. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2010.1. <www.iucnredlist.org>. Downloaded on 26 April 2010
  • McCosker, J.E. Rosenblatt, R.H. (2010) The fishes of the Galápagos Archipelago: an update. Proc. Calif. Acad. Sc., Ser. 4, vol. 61, Suppl. II, no. 11: 167-195.
  • Edgar, G.J. Fariña, J.M., Calvopiña, M., Martínez, C. & Banks, S. (2002) Comunidades submareales rocosas II: Peces y macroinvertebrados móviles. In: Danulat, E. & Edgar, G.J. (eds.) (2002): Reserva Marina de Galápagos. Línea Base de la Biodiversidad. Fundación Charles Darwin/Servicio Parque Nacional Galápagos, Santa Cruz, Galápagos, Ecuador, p. 68-97.
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