Southern Bluefin Tuna

ANIMAL SPECIES: Southern Bluefin Tuna, Thunnus maccoyii(Castelnau, 1872)

The Southern Bluefin Tuna is a fast-swimming pelagic species that occurs circum-globally in southern temperate waters.

A Southern Bluefin Tuna at a depth of 1 m, in a large floating pen in Boston Bay, Port Lincoln, South Australia, 21 March 2012.

Standard Common Name

Southern Bluefin Tuna

Alternative Name/s

Bluefin, Japanese Central Pacific Bluefin Tuna, SBT, Southern Tuna, Southern Tunny

Identification

The species has relatively short pectoral fins and lacks distinctive body patterning.

Size range

2.25 m (fork length)

Distribution

The map below shows the Australian distribution of the species based on public sightings and specimens in Australian Museums. Click on the map for detailed information.  Source: Atlas of Living Australia.

Thunnus maccoyii

Distribution by collection data

Ozcam map of Southern Bluefin specimens in the Australian Museum.

WHAT DOES THIS MEAN?

Conservation Status

See Further Reading, below.

Classification

WHAT DOES THIS MEAN?

Further Reading

  1. Australian endangered species: Southern Bluefin Tuna. 2013. Australian endangered species: Southern Bluefin Tuna. [ONLINE] Available at: http://theconversation.com/australian-endangered-species-southern-bluefin-tuna-11636. [Accessed 13 May 2013].
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