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Fighting tarpon
(Tarpon atlanticus)
fighting tarpon
Description
It is a large fish. Their bodies are greenish or bluish on top and silver on the sides. They have a large mouth, turned upwards, and the lower jaw contains an elongated, bony plate. The last ray of their dorsal fin is much longer than the others, reaching nearly to the tail. They have a modified swim bladder which allows them to live in oxygen-poor environments. The tarpon is the official state saltwater fish of Alabama.
Dimensions
Females are generally larger than males. Some have been recorded at up to 8 ft in length and weighing up to 350 lb.
Diet
They feed almost exclusively on schooling fish and occasionally crabs.
Habitat & Range
They primarily inhabit the warm, shallow, coastal regions of the eastern and western Atlantic Ocean. They can be found in a wide range along the coastal areas of the United States.
Conservation status
THIS SPECIES IS LISTED AS NOT EVALUATED.

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