Valenciennes, 1846; MEGALOPIDAE FAMILY; also called silver king, cuffum
Occurs in warm temperate tropical and subtropical waters of the Atlantic Ocean. This coastal fish can be found both inshore and offshore. Because of its ability to gulp air directly into the air bladder by “rolling” at the surface, the tarpon is able to enter brackish and fresh waters that are stagnant and virtually depleted of oxygen. Such areas are relatively free of predators, thus offering a convenient refuge for the young.
The body is compressed and covered with very large scales. The lower jaw juts out and up. The...