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Tarpon

Megalops atlanticus

 

Description: last ray of dorsal fin extended into long filament; one dorsal fin; back dark blue to green or greenish black, shading into bright silver on the sides; may be brownish gold in estuarine waters; huge scales; mouth large and points upward

 

Similar Fish: (as juveniles) ladyfish, Elops saurus

 

Where found: primarily INSHORE fish, although adult fish spawn OFFSHORE where the ribbon-like larval stage of the fish can be found

 

Size: most angler catchs 40 to 50 lbs.

 

*Florida Record: 243 lbs.

 

Remarks: slow grower; matures at 7 to 13 years of age; spawning occurs between May and September; female may lay more than 12 million eggs; can tolerate wide range of salinity; juveniles commonly found in freshwater; can breathe air at surface; feeds mainly on fish and large crustaceans

 

* The Florida records quoted are from the Department of Environmental Protection's printed publication, Fishing Lines and are not necessarily the most current ones. The records are provided as only as a benchmark.

 

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