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Atlantic tarpon   (Megalops atlanticus)
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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.



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

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