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Free Content The Biology of the Tarpon, Megalops Atlanticus, and the Ox-Eye, Megalops Cyprinoides, with Emphasis on Larval Development

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The larval and juvenile development of the tarpon, Megalops atlanticus, and the ox-eye, Megalops cyprinoides, are compared. A developmental series was compiled from the plankton specimens and material obtained from many sources, representing the following periods or stages of development: larval (Stage I, Stage II, Stage III A, Stage III B), and juvenile. The series is illustrated and described; and changes in form are discussed, in particular those characters useful in separating the two species.

The geographical distribution of the material studied and records from the literature are presented. The biology of both species is discussed including habitat, behavior, relationship to physical and chemical factors, natural enemies and sportfishing qualities.

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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 1962-01-01

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