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Tunny, any fish of the genus Thynnus of the Mackerel family, from tropical and temperate seas. There are two dorsal fins, and behind the second dorsal and the anal fin is a row of finlets. The best-known species is the Common Tunny (T. vulgaris), abundant in the Mediterranean, whence it ranges to the English Channel and to Tasmania. It is a large fish, specimens of ten feet long and a thousand pounds weight being recorded, but these are very much above the average size. There is a large tunny fishery in the Mediterranean. The fish are driven into funnel-nets, and when crowded together in the small end are speared or harpooned. The flesh is valued for food, and large quantities are preserved in oil for exportation. [BONITO.]