Common Name(s): Albacore (Long-Fin Tuna)
Scientific Name: Thunnus alalunga (Bonnaterre, 1788)
Usual Size: To 127cm
UK Record Weights from rod/line:
Shore: 4lb 12oz
MAFF Minimum Size: Shore: Boat:
Typical tunny shape, pectoral fins very long and when depressed reach beyond the second dorsal fin. Poorly defined swim bladder, not evident in fish under 50cm.
Colour: faint lateral iridescent band runs along sides of the live fish - diminishes on death. The first dorsal fin is deep yellow second dorsal and anal fins bright yellow, and the anal finlets are dark. This is the only Tuna species with a white margin on the edge of the tail.
FAO Species Catalogue 2 - Scombrids of The World - Collette/Nauen
Fishes of the North-Eastern Atlantic and the Mediterranean - Whitehead, Bauchot, Hureau, Nielsen, Tortonese
Key to the Fishes of Northern Europe - Wheeler
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