Atlantic Bonito (Sarda Sarda)
Latin name: Sarda sarda
Common name: Atlantic bonito
In other languages: E: Bonito atlantico
Distribution: Mediterranean, Black Sea and tropical and subtropical parts of the Atlantic.
Habitat: They visit the Mediterranean during the summer months on their annual migration. They have a preference for swimming close to the surface where they can be seen in the open water in small shoals.
Reproduction: Breeding season is from May to July.
Behaviour: These pelagic open water and shoaling fish can often be found in the company of blue fin tunny.
Diet: Clupeids and fish, young ones feed on zooplankton.
Size: Common: 25 - 65cm, maximum: 90cm.
Enemies: Many are taken in the tuna traps that are set each year off the coast of Spain.