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Dictionary Definition

tarpon n : large silvery game fish of warm Atlantic coastal waters especially off Florida [syn: Tarpon atlanticus]

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  1. Any of several fishes of the family Elopidae or Megalopidae, especially a large silvery game fish.


  • French: tarpon

Extensive Definition

The tarpons (Spanish: sábalos) are large coastal fish prized by anglers. They grow up to 8 feet in length and sometimes weigh 200 pounds. When swimming in oxygen-poor water, tarpons can breathe air from the surface. There are two species in a single genus Megalops in the family Megalopidae, one native to the Atlantic, and the other to the Indo-Pacific oceans.
The genus name derives from the Greek adjective megalo meaning 'large', and the noun opsi, meaning 'face'.


External References

  • References in to the genus Megalops in The Biodiversity Heritage Library


tarpon in German: Tarpune
tarpon in French: Tarpon
tarpon in Lithuanian: Tarpūninės
tarpon in Japanese: ターポン
tarpon in Finnish: Tarponi
tarpon in Vietnamese: Họ Cá cháo lớn
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