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Yellowfin Tuna Thunnus albacares


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Yellowfin Tuna
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Family: Scombridae, Mackerels view all from this family

Description The yellowfin tuna (Thunnus albacares) is a species of tuna found in pelagic waters of tropical and subtropical oceans worldwide.

Yellowfin is often marketed as ahi, from its Hawaiian name ʻahi although the name ʻahi in Hawaiian also refers to the closely related bigeye tuna. The species name, albacares ("white meat") can lead to confusion. The tuna known as albacore in English, is a different species of tuna: Thunnus alalunga. However, yellowfin tuna is officially designated albacore in French, and is referred to as albacora by Portuguese fishermen.

Dimensions Up to 6' (1.8 m); 450 lbs (204.1 kg).

Habitat Open ocean.

Range New England, Mid-Atlantic, Southeast, Florida, Texas, California.