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Tarpon

Updated: May 2, 2005, 8:33 PM ET

Mega lops atlanticus

Other Namespoons, silver king, sabalo

DescriptionTarpon are blue-gray on the back with silver sides. They are easily identified by their large scales, strongly protruding lower jaws and small dorsal fins that have an elongated ray. These combined characteristics separate tarpon from their closest relatives, the ladyfish and the bonefish.

Typical HabitatThe species is most abundant in south Florida, the West Indies, and Central and South America. The preferred ...

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