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










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)


Least concern


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.


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