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THE FLORIDA AQUARIUM

TARPON

SCIENTIFIC NAME: Megalops atlanticus

DISTINGUISHING FEATURES: Shiny, large "stainless steel" scales; upturned mouth.

DESCRIPTION: Stout body with no markings. Long filament trails from rear base of dorsal fin.

RANGE: Occasional in Florida, Bahamas, Caribbean; also north to Virginia, Bermuda, Gulf of Mexico and south to Brazil.

HABITAT & BEHAVIOR: Drift in canyons and secluded areas. Normally school during the day. Actively feed at night.

Source: Reef Fish Identification

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