Shorefishes of the Tropical Eastern Pacific Online Information System
Updated: 06/12/2008  
Version: 1.0.4.53  

Contributors | Glossary | Settings  
  
Home General
Information
What Fish is That?The FishesLibraryRandom ImagesGlossaryResearch Engine


Species Information          
Book mode off
  Book mode off  
    Megalops  
Elopiformes  -  Megalopidae  -  Megalops  -  Megalops atlanticus

Megalops atlanticus

All Families(148) All Genera(504) All Species(1287)
elongate, oblong, compressed

 
 D: last ray = long filament
 
 

mouth oblique, opens up

lower jaw projects
 
pelvics before D
 
scales very large
 

 Images
 
     


Megalops atlanticus Valenciennes in Cuvier & Valenciennes, 1847

Atlantic tarpon



Body oblong but elongate, strongly compressed; head short, deep, profile straight above, convex below; eye large; mouth large, oblique, opening above, lower jaw projecting; a long bony plate between lower jaws; teeth small, simple, on jaws, roof of mouth, tongue and lower base of gill arches; one dorsal fin, 13-16 rays,  last filamentous; anal fin base much larger than dorsal fin base; pelvic fins on abdomen; tail fin large, deeply forked; lateral line complete, tubes with branches radiating over surface of lateral line scales; scales very large, smooth; 41-48 on lateral line.

Bright silver, back greyish, fins grey.

        Size: 250 cm; 128.5 kg.

        
        Habitat: estuaries, occasionally around reefs; enters freshwater.

        Depth: 0-30 m.

Western Atlantic; presumably arrived in the eastern Pacific by passing through the Panama Canal; may now be established in the Gulf of Panama; not infrequently available at Panama City fishmarket.

  WoRMS FishBase Search OBIS Search
ITIS Catalog of Fishes Encyclopedia of Life

Questions or comments

Email STRI data manager
 






Print Friendly Version


 
© Copyright 2008 to 2014 - Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute
Programmed by Coeus Knowledge Systems Pty Ltd