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
Record: 4 lbs., 10 ozs.
known to spawn OFFSHORE, ribbon-like larvae very similar to
Albula and Megalops, peaking in fall; adult
feeds predominantly on fish and crustaceans; leaps when
Florida records quoted are from the Department of
Environmental Protection's printed publication, Fishing
Lines and are not necessarily the most current ones. The
records are provided as only as a benchmark.