Euthynnus alletteratus affinis   (Cantor)  1849 (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

Size: 75 cm.

Color: Dark above, silvery below. The upper emargination of the corselet, the point of which is blunt, and the area behind it to the caudal, bordered below by the lateral line brown, blue in life, with a number of dark oblique bands, forming loops, and less regular anteriorly. Three large brown blotches in a triangle on the lower emargination of the corselet, between pectorals and ventrals, not always distinct. Fins brownish.

Height 3.6-4, 3.9-4.8 in length with caudal. Head 3.2-3.4, 3.6-3.8 in length with caudal. Eye 5.7-6, 1.6 in snout and 1.7-1.8 in somewhat convex inter orbital space. Mouth oblique. Maxillary reaching to below middle of eye. A single series of slightly curved conical teeth in both jaws, those of the lower jaw stronger than those of the upper jaw. Minute teeth in a single row on the palatines and in an irregular double row on the tail of the vomer. Hind border of corselet formed by a line from base of second dorsal to behind tip of ventrals, but with a strong emargination on the back reaching to below 8th spine of first dorsal, bordered below by the lateral line, and another emargination reaching well before base of ventrals. The scales of the corselet are larger, better developed, and more or less rhombic on the back and above the pectorals. Below the pectorals the scales are thinner, and the border of the corselet is more indicated by the difference in smoothness of the skin than by the presence of scales. This area of the corselet is also produced posteriorly in a point above the ventrals. Laterals line scaled. Anterior dorsal spines almost as long as post orbital part of head; Following spines rapidly decreasing in length to the 8th, which equals half eye. Following spines sub equal, the last one minute. Second dorsal half length of its base behind first. Anterior rays longest, about half as longest spine of first dorsal, median rays shortest, hence the fin with a lunate edge. Origin of anal below end of second dorsal, to which it is similar. Pectorals equal to post orbital part of head. Ventrals shorter, equal to snout and eye. Lateral line almost straight, with a slightly curved downwards below second dorsal. Lateral keels on caudal peduncle well developed. About 24 gill rakers on lower branch of first arch, two thirds of length of corresponding gill filaments and about three fourths or less of length of eye.

Remarks: Values in above description denote proportions.

Synonym (s)
Thynnus thunnina Schlegel 1842
Thynnus affinis Cantor 1850
Auxis taso Bleeker 1850
Thynnus affinis Gunther 1860
Pelamys thunnina Bleeker 1865
Thynnus thunnina Day 1876
Thynnus thunnina Gunther 1876
Thynnus affinis Macleay 1881
Thynnus thunnina Klunzinger 1884
Thynnus thunnina Gunther 1889
Euthynnus allitteratus Steindachner 1896
Gymnosarda alletterata Jordan and Evermann 1905
Pelamys affine Fowler 1905
Euthynnus alletteratus Snyder 1912
Gymnosarda alletterata McCulloch 1917
Euthynnus alletterata McCulloch 1922
Euthynnus yaito Kishinouye 1923
Euthynnus yaito Jordan and Hubbs 1925
Euthynnus yaito Chabanaud 1925
Euthynnus alletteratus E. K. Jordan 1925
Euthynnus alletteratus Fowler 1934
Euthynnus yaito Chevey 1932
Euthynnus yaito Giltay 1933
Euthynnus alletteratus Fowler 1934
Gymnosarda alletterata Fortonese 1936
Euthynnus yaito Herre 1945
Euthynnus affinis affinis Fraser-Brunner 1949
Euthynnus affinis yaito Fraser-Brunner
Euthynnus affinis Fraser-Brunner 1950

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats



• INDIA (Record: 1951)

Literature Source(s)
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at -
  • Beaufort, LF and Chapman, WM (1951) The fishes of the Indo-Australian Archipelago A. J. Reprints agency, Karol Bagh, New Delhi 9 484 pp Available at - NIO, Goa

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