Kingdom: Animalia > Phylum: Chordata > Class: Actinopterygii > Order: Elopiformes > Family: Megalopidae > Genus: Megalops > Species: Megalops atlanticus

Atlantic tarpon - Megalops atlanticus Valenciennes, 1847

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Threat status Europe Not evaluated (IUCN)

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Threat and conservation status

IUCN Red List status of threatened species

The IUCN Red List threat status assesses the risk of extinction.




Not evaluated


Not evaluated

IUCN Red List Category
Not Evaluated
Near Threatened
Regionally Extinct
Not Applicable
Extinct in the Wild
Data Deficient
Least Concern
Critically Endangered

EU conservation status

The EU conservation status is assessed for species mentioned in the EU Habitats Directive annexes. The EU Habitats Directive does not cover this species.

Natura 2000 sites

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Legal status

Not listed in legal texts

Common names and synonyms

Common Name Language Reference
Atlantic tarpon English Fishbase
atlantischer Tarpun German Fishbase
Peixe-prata-do-atlântico Portuguese Fishbase
Pez lagarto Spanish Fishbase
Sábalo Spanish Fishbase
Silberfisch German Fishbase
Tainha-congo Portuguese Fishbase
Tarpao Portuguese Fishbase
Tarpão-do-Atlântico Portuguese Fishbase
Tarpoen Dutch Fishbase
Tarpon Danish Fishbase
Tarpon English Fishbase
Tarpon French Fishbase
Tarpon German Fishbase
Tarpon Norwegian Fishbase
Tarpón Spanish Fishbase
Tarpon Swedish Fishbase
Tarpon argenté French Fishbase
Tarpon atlantycki Polish Fishbase
Tarpone Italian Fishbase
Tarponi Finnish Fishbase
Synonym Author
Clupea gigantea Shaw, 1804
Megalops elongatus Girard, 1859
Megalops thrissoides (non Bloch & Schneider, 1801)
Clupea cyprinoides (non Broussonet, 1782)
Clupea thrissoides (non Bloch & Schneider, 1801)
Megalops cyprinoides (non Broussonet, 1782)
Megalops giganteus (Shaw, 1804)
Megalops atlantica Valenciennes, 1847
Tarpon atlanticus (Valenciennes, 1847)

Other resources

CoL (accepted name) Catalogue of Life
Fauna Europaea search Fauna Europaea
FishBase FishBase
GBIF Global Biodiversity Information Facility
ITIS (Valid name) Interagency Taxonomic Information System
NCBI search National Center for Biotechnology Information
PESI (Accepted) Pan-European Species directories Infrastructure
Wikipedia Wikipedia
WoRMS World Register of Marine Species

External data

No external data sets available for this species
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