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Megalops atlanticus Tarpon


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lexID:
4415 
AphiaID:
126430 
Scientific:
Megalops atlanticus 
German:
Atlantischer Tarpun 
English:
Tarpon 
Category:
Other Fishes 
Family tree:
Animalia (Kingdom) > Chordata (Phylum) > Actinopterygii (Class) > Elopiformes (Order) > Megalopidae (Family) > Megalops (Genus) > atlanticus (Species) 
Initial determination:
Valenciennes, 1847 
Occurrence:
Suriname, Benin, El Salvador, Gambia, Guadeloupe, Barbados, Ghana, Angola, Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Azores, Belize, Bermuda, Brazil, British Virgin Islands, Cameroon, Canada , Columbia, Congo, Costa Rica, Cuba, Curacao, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Equatorial Guinea, European Coasts, Florida, French Guiana, Grenada, Guatemala, Gulf of Mexico, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Madeira, Martinique, Mexico (East Pacific), Montserrat, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Panama, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Senegal, Spain, The Bahamas, the British Isles, the Canary Islands, the Cape Verde Archipelago, the Caribbean, the Cayman Islands, The Gulf of Guinea, the Ivory Coast, the Netherlands Antilles, Togo, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, USA, Venezuela, Virgin Islands, U.S. 
Sea depth:
0 - 40 Meter 
Size:
51.18" - 98.43" (130cm - 250cm) 
Temperature:
- 84.2 °F (°C - 29°C) 
Food:
Coralfish of all kind, Fish (little fishes), Predatory 
Difficulty:
Not suitable for home aquaria! 
Offspring:
Not available as offspring 
Toxicity:
Toxic hazard unknown 
CITES:
Not evaluated 
Red List:
Vulnerable (VU) 
Related species at
Catalog of Life:
 
Author:
Publisher:
Meerwasser-Lexikon.de
Created:
Last edit:
2018-10-27 10:33:14 

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Megalops atlanticus

Tarpons feed almost exclusively on schooling fish and occasionally crabs. Tarpons have been recorded at up to 2.5 metres in length and weighing up to 161 kilograms. Atlantic Tarpons are also known as the silver king.

Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Elopiformes
Family: Megalopidae
Genus: Megalops
Species: M. atlanticus
Binomial name
Megalops atlanticus
Valenciennes, 1847

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