Description: terminal mouth, slender body, small scales;
last dorsal ray not elongated; head small and pointed.
juvenile tarpon, Megalops atlanticus.
INSHORE fish, in bays and estuaries; occasionally enters
freshwater, occurring in tidal pools and canals; often forms
large schools and harasses bait at the surface.
Size: 2 to 3
4 lbs., 10 ozs.
to spawn OFFSHORE, ribbon-like larvae very similar to Albula
and Megalops, peaking in fall; adult feeds predominantly
on fish and crustaceans; leaps when hooked.
* The Florida
records quoted are from the Florida Fish and Wildlife
Conservation Commission's printed publication,
and are not necessarily the most current ones. The records are
provided as only as a benchmark.