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.
Standard Common Name
Southern Bluefin Tuna
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