tarpon


Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Acronyms, Wikipedia.

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.
..... Click the link for more information.
, subphylum Vertebrata, class Actinopterygii, order Elopiformes, family Megalopidae, or Elopidae.
The Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia™ Copyright © 2013, Columbia University Press. Licensed from Columbia University Press. All rights reserved. www.cc.columbia.edu/cu/cup/

tarpon

[′tär·pən]
(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.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
References in periodicals archive ?
MAY 19-22: Loop Golden Fly Invitational Tarpon Tournament, Islamorada
You won't find a Pride celebration in Tarpon Springs, or a bar flying a rainbow flag.
"I spent half a day chasing tarpon with my guide and we finally caught up with one late in the day," says Barrett, an avid fly fisherman and hunter.
The word we hear is that while Tarpon could support 16 host servers, Shark will be able to handle 32 hosts.
Accomplished tarpon anglers often conflate hard-bodies and soft-bodies to a single conversation about lures.
Tourists call it "tar-pon." The rest of us say "tarp-in." No matter how you pronounce the name, the tarpon with its silver-dollar scales has always meant money, and that's at the heart of a recent controversy that embroiled White and the organizers of a high-stakes fishing tournament down in Boca Grande.
TARPON SPRINGS, FL Lucille D'Andrea Frongillo, formerly of Shrewsbury, died peacefully at her home in Tarpon Springs, FL on February 21, 2011 after a long illness.
Tarpon Springs, FL, May 01, 2019 --(PR.com)-- Chuck Coit of RE/MAX Alliance Group has earned the nationally recognized Pricing Strategy Advisor (PSA) certification from the National Association of Realtors (NAR).
Tarpon have arrived on their annual migration, and you can spot them throughout the Florida Keys.
Four Florida anglers were recognized this year for their tarpon DNA-collecting prowess during the annual Florida Guides Association meeting in Tampa.
March usually has anglers in the 10,000 Islands focused heavily on tarpon, or at least thinking of that first wave of fish.