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Atlantic tarpon

(Megalops atlanticus)


Category: Fish



These large, striking fish are typically found in tropical and sub-tropical coastal waters, estuaries, lagoons, and rivers in and near the Atlantic Ocean. Its ability to fill its swim-bladder like a primitive lung gives it a survival advantage in oxygen-poor waters. They are highly valued as saltwater game fish due to their size, accessible haunts, and fighting spirit when hooked. Otherwise, they are not a commercially valuable fish and very little has been documented concerning their worldwide geographical distribution and migration.



Data & Facts

Scientific Classification
Kingdom - Animalia
Phylum - Chordata
Class - Actinopterygii
Order - Elopiformes
Family - Megalopidae
Genus - Megalops
Species - M. atlanticus

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Interesting Animal Facts

Hey, Fishlips!

If you’ve ever worn lipstick (or kissed anybody wearing lipstick), you’ve probably had fish scales on your lips. Of course you won’t find “herring scales from commercial fishing hauls” on the ingredients list of your cosmetics - they list it as the regal-sounding “pearl essence” or “pearlescence.” But why? Because the scales of silvery fish that capture and reflect light so beautifully in the water function the same way on your lips. So maybe next time somebody calls you “fish lips,” don’t jump to conclusions too quickly, maybe they mean it as a compliment!

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