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.
Bluefin, Japanese Central Pacific Bluefin Tuna, SBT, Southern Tuna, Southern Tunny
The species has relatively short pectoral fins and lacks distinctive body patterning.
2.25 m (fork length)
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.
Distribution by collection data
See Further Reading, below.
- 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].
- Gomon, M.F., Bray, D. & R.H. Kuiter (Eds). 2008. The Fishes of Australia's Southern Coast. Reed New Holland. Pp. 928.
- Hoese, D.F., Bray, D.J., Paxton, J.R. & G.R. Allen. 2006. Fishes. In Beesley, P.L. & A. Wells. (eds) Zoological Catalogue of Australia. Volume 35. ABRS & CSIRO Publishing: Australia. parts 1-3, pages 1-2178.
- Pepperell, J. 2010. Fishes of the Open Ocean. A natural history & illustrated guide. University of NSW Press. Pp. 266.
Mark McGrouther , Collection Manager, Ichthyology