The little tunny is metallic overall, being steel-bluish above and silver below. Wavy stripes along the posterior portion of the back, several scattered dark spots below the pectoral fin and small finlets behind the second dorsal and anal fins are identifying characters.
Found in tropical and subtropical waters on both sides of the Atlantic , including the Mediterranean, Caribbean, and Gulf of Mexico, the little tunny often forms large, elliptical schools which cover up to 2 miles on the long axis. Individuals of the species rarely live over 5 years. Females may lay up to 1.8 million eggs when they reach a length of 31 inches or 14 pounds. The spawning season is throughout most of the year except December. Little tunny feed mostly on small crustaceans, squid and small fishes.
South Atlantic Federal Regulations
This species is designated as an "Ecosystem Component Species" and is not subject to management measures but is included in the Snapper Grouper Fishery Management Unit. Permitting, gear, and other regulations (i.e., landing intact) apply.