Higher Classification: > Kingdom Animalia > Phylum Chordata > Subphylum Vertebrata > Superclass Gnathostomata > Superclass Pisces > Class Actinopterygii > Order Elopiformes > Family Megalopidae > Genus Megalops

Megalops atlanticus Valenciennes, 1847

Rank: Species
Taxon Status: accepted

Relationships towards this taxon

Genus group names

MegalopsLacepède, 1803accepted genus name
Tarpon Jordan & Evermann, 1896 synonym

Species group names

Tarpon atlanticus (Valenciennes, 1847) synonym


basis of record

van der Land, J.; Costello, M.J.; Zavodnik, D.; Santos, R.S.; Porteiro, F.M.; Bailly, N.; Eschmeyer, W.N.; Froese, R. (2001). Pisces, in: Costello, M.J. et al. (Ed.) (2001). European register of marine species: a check-list of the marine species in Europe and a bibliography of guides to their identification. Collection Patrimoines Naturels, 50: pp. 357-374

additional source

Scott, W.B. and M.G. Scott. 1988. Atlantic fishes of Canada. Canadian Bulletin of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences No. 219. 731 p.

additional source

Wade, R.A. 1969. Ecology of juvenile tarpon and effects of dieldrin on two associated species. Federal Water Pollution Control Administration, Washington, D.C. Technical Papers of the Bureau of Sport Fisheries and Wildlife: 41. 85 p.

additional source

Welshman, D., S. Kohler, J. Black and L. Van Guelpen. 2003. An atlas of distributions of Canadian Atlantic fishes.

additional source

FishBase, version december 2007

additional source

FishBase, version may 2009

additional source

McEachran, J. D. 2009. Fishes (Vertebrata: Pisces) of the Gulf of Mexico, Pp. 1223–1316 in Felder, D.L. and D.K. Camp (eds.), Gulf of Mexico–Origins, Waters, and Biota. Biodiversity. Texas A&M Press, College Station, Texas.

additional source

FishBase, version october 2012

additional source

Eschmeyer, W.: Catalog of fishes; California Academy of Sciences, department Ichtyology.

additional source

Cuvier, G.; Valenciennes, A. (1847). Histoire naturelle des poissons. Tome dix-neuvième. Suite du livre dix-neuvième. Brochets ou Lucioïdes. Livre vingtième. De quelques familles de Malacoptérygiens, intermédiaires entre les Brochets et les Clupes. v. 19: i-xix + 1-544 + 6 pp., Pls. 554-590





External Links

GenBank (342 nucleotides; 56 proteins)
Biodiversity Heritage Library (110 publications)
Barcode of Life (19 barcodes)


Bailly, N. (2014). Megalops atlanticus Valenciennes, 1847. In: Froese, R. and D. Pauly. Editors. (2014) FishBase. In: Costello, M.J.; Bouchet, P.; Boxshall, G.; Arvantidis, C.; Appeltans, W. (2014) European Register of Marine Species, accessed through PESI at http://www.eu-nomen.eu/portal/taxon.php?GUID=urn:lsid:marinespecies.org:taxname:126430




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marine, brackish, fresh, not terrestrial


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