IUCN threat status:

Least Concern (LC)

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  Common names: tuna (English), barrilete (Espanol)
Euthynnus lineatus Kishinouye, 1920

Black skipjack tuna

Elongate, fusiform; no fatty eyelid; jaw teeth slender, conical; top of tongue with 2 cartilaginous crests; 33-39 gill rakers; 1st  dorsal X-XV; 2 dorsal fins barely separated; front of 1st  dorsal is high; ~ 9 dorsal finlets and ~ 7 anal finlets; bone between base of pelvics short, forked; pectorals 25-29 rays; two small keels separated by one large one on tail base; corselet of large, thickened scales on front body, body scaleless behind corselet.

Dark blue on back with a patch of 5-6 ~ horizontal black stripes on back extending forward to below anterior part of first dorsal fin; lower sides and belly silvery white;  several dark spots usually present on lower sides between pelvic and pectoral fins.

Size: to 92.5 cm; all-tackle world record 11.8 Kg.

Habitat: forms schools in coastal waters and near offshore reefs.

Depth: 1-40 m.

California to the lower 1/2 of the Gulf of California to Peru, including all the offshore islands; stray specimens captured in the Hawaiian Islands.


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