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tarpon

(tär`pŏn), common name for members of the family Megalopidae, or Elopidae, large game fish of the warm seas of the Western Hemisphere, ranging occasionally from Long Island to Brazil and to the west coast of Africa and entering freshwater streams freely. Their heavy, silvery scales, sometimes used as ornaments, give them the name silver king. Tarpons average 6 ft (183 cm) in length and 150 lb (67.5 kg) in weight, although some may be over 8 ft (244 cm) long and weigh more than 300 lb (135 kg). Active and predacious, they prey on schools of small fry. They are deep-sea game-fishing favorites, particularly Megalops atlanticus, found in the warmer parts of the Atlantic Ocean. Tarpons are classified in the phylum ChordataChordata
, phylum of animals having a notochord, or dorsal stiffening rod, as the chief internal skeletal support at some stage of their development. Most chordates are vertebrates (animals with backbones), but the phylum also includes some small marine invertebrate animals.
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, subphylum Vertebrata, class Actinopterygii, order Elopiformes, family Megalopidae, or Elopidae.

tarpon

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(vertebrate zoology)
Megalops atlantica. A herringlike fish of the family Elopidae weighing up to 300 pounds (136 kilograms) and reaching a length of 8 feet (2.4 meters); it has a single soft, rayed dorsal fin, strong jaws, a bony plate under the mouth, numerous small teeth, and coarse, bony flesh covered with large scales.
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Por lo anterior, por medio de este trabajo se registra por primera vez la presencia de Megalops atlanticus para el Pacifico colombiano, ademas, de aportar informacion acerca de sus usos y explotacion como recurso por parte de las comunidades costeras aledanas.
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Tarpon Co: Megalops atlanticus, Megalopidae, y Centropomus pectinatus, Centropomidae.
Wells RMG, Baldwin J, Seymour RS, Baudinette RV, Christian K and Bennett MB: Oxygen transport capacity in the air-breathing fish, Megalops cyprinoides-.
Interestingly, the monophyly of the Elopiformes is not supported by the tree of Figure 2, although it is also not contradicted by this tree: Elops, Megalops and the remaining elopomorphs are placed in an unresolved trichotomy.
The last larval stage then metamorphoses into the megalops stage in nearshore waters.
Se identificarondas tres especies endemicas de la Provincia de Cortes; el chano norteno Micropogonias megalops (Gilbert, 1890), la platija ocelada Pleuronichthys ocellatus Starks & Thompson, 1910 y el pejerrey sardina Leuresthes sardina (Jenkins & Evermann, 1889).
En esta masa de agua se pescan en la actualidad Caranx sp (jureles), Ariidae (bagres), diferentes especies de tiburones, Lutjanus sp (pargos), y Megalops atlanticus (sabalos), y en el pasado Trichechus manatus (manaties).
sharksucker 62 39 Megalops atlanticus, tarpon 91 9 Total percentage Other Osteichthyes 72 20 Batoidea (n = 222) Rajidae T 0 Raja eglanteria, clearnose skate 16 0 Dasyatis americana, southern stingray 12 58 Dasyatis centroura, roughtail stingray 11 71 Dasyatis sp.
elopomorph fishes such as Elops, Megalops and Albula and osteoglossomorph fishes such as Hiodon and Mormyrus, in which the mesocoracoid arch articulates ventrally with the coracoid and/ or scapula and, thus, in which this arch has some mobility in relation to these latter bones (e.
Chacon D (1993) Aspectos biometricos de una poblacion de sabalo, Megalops atlanticus (Pisces: Megalopidae).