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Megalops atlanticus
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Megalops atlanticus

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Megalops
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Megalops
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Main identification features
  • d: last rays= long filament
  • c: very forked
  • mouth large, oblique, opens up
  • scales very large, smooth
MEGALOPS

TARPONS

Body elongate, compressed; mouth at front, opening above; one dorsal fin, 13-21 rays, last filamentous; lateral line complete, tubes with branches radiating over surface of lateral line scales; tail large, deeply forked; pelvic fins on abdomen; scales very large, smooth.

A tropical genus found in the Atlantic and Indo-central Pacific, with two species; the Atlantic species has entered the eastern Pacific through the Panama Canal.


References
  • Castri-Aguirre, J.L., Espinoza-Pérez, H. and Schmitter-Soto, J.J., 2002., Lista sitemática, biogeográfica y ecológica de la ictiofauna estuarino lagunar y vicaria de México. En: Lozano-Vilano, M. L. (Ed.). Libro Jubilar en Honor al Dr. Salvador Contreras Balderas., Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo León:117-142.
  • Castro-Aguirre, J.L., 1999., Ictiofauna estuarino-lagunar y vicaria de México., Editorial Limusa S.A. de C.V.: 1-629pp.
  • Cuvier , G. and Valenciennes, A., 1847., Histoire naturelle des poissons. Tome dix-neuvieme. Suite du livre dix-neuvieme. Brochets ou Lucioides. Livre vingtieme. De quelques familles de Malacopterygiens, intermediaires entre les Brochets et les Clupes., Histoire Naturelle Des Poissons, 19:i-xix + 1-544 + 6pp.
  • Fowler, H.W., 1916., Cold-Blooded Vertebrates from Costa Rica and the Canal Zone., Proc. Acad. Nat. Sci. Phila., 68:389-414.
  • McCosker , J. E. and Dawson, C. E., 1975., Biotic passage through the Panama Canal, with particular reference to fishes., Marine Biology, 30:343-351.
  • Meek , S.E. and Hildebrand, S.F., 1923., The marine fishes of Panama. Part I., Field Mus. Nat. Hist., Zool. Ser. Publ., XV:1-330.

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