Animalia > Chordata > Actinopterygii > Elopiformes > Megalopidae > Megalops > Megalops cyprinoides

Megalops cyprinoides (Indo-Pacific tarpon; Ten-pounder; Tarpon; Oxeye tarpon; Ox-eye herring; Oxeye; Oxeye herring; Broussonet tarpon; Bony mullet; Bonefish; Bastard mullet; Moonfish; Ladyfish)

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Wikipedia Abstract

The Indo-Pacific tarpon, Megalops cyprinoides, also known as the oxeye herring or simply herring, is a relatively medium-sized species of tarpon.
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Adult Weight [1]  21.826 lbs (9.90 kg)
Maximum Longevity [3]  44 years
Migration [2]  Anadromous

Protected Areas

Name IUCN Category Area acres Location Species Website Climate Land Use
Can Gio Mangrove Biosphere Reserve 123722 Viet Nam  
Sunderban National Park 261613 India  
Ujung Kulon National Park II 313466 Java, Indonesia    

Prey / Diet

Chanos chanos (Bandang)[4]
Rhabdamia gracilis (Slender cardinalfish)[5]


Haliaeetus vociferoides (Madagascar Fish Eagle)[6]
Pseudoferania polylepis (Smooth watersnake, Macleays Water Snake)[7]


Parasitized by 
Bivesicula megalopis[8]
Transversotrema patialense[8]

Institutions (Zoos, etc.)

Institution Infraspecies / Breed 
Cameron Park Zoo
Steinhart Aquarium (CA Acad of Science
Territory Wildlife Park (Berry Springs

Range Map


Indo-Pacific: Red Sea and Natal, South Africa (Ref. 3969) to the Society Islands, north to southern Korea, south to the Arafura Sea (Ref. 9819) and New South Wales. Restricted to high islands (Palau, Caroline and Mariana islands) in Micronesia. Reported as far inland as the lower Shire in Malawi and the Save-Runde junction in Zimbabwe (Ref. 7248). Widespread in the Lower Zambezi River channels up to Marromeu and in the Micelo River up to Malingapanzi (Ref. 39494). South China Sea, Taiwan Strait, and East China Sea(Ref.33302).;

External References



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1de Magalhaes, J. P., and Costa, J. (2009) A database of vertebrate longevity records and their relation to other life-history traits. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 22(8):1770-1774
2Myers, P., R. Espinosa, C. S. Parr, T. Jones, G. S. Hammond, and T. A. Dewey. 2006. The Animal Diversity Web (online). Accessed February 01, 2010 at
3Frimpong, E.A., and P. L. Angermeier. 2009. FishTraits: a database of ecological and life-history traits of freshwater fishes of the United States. Fisheries 34:487-495.
4Jorrit H. Poelen, James D. Simons and Chris J. Mungall. (2014). Global Biotic Interactions: An open infrastructure to share and analyze species-interaction datasets. Ecological Informatics.
5Predators of Tuna Baitfish and the Effects of Baitfishing on the Subsistence Reef Fisheries of Fiji, S.J.M. Blaber, D.A. Milton, N.J.F. Rawlinson and A. Sesewa, Tuna Baitfish in Fiji and Solomon Islands: proceedings of a workshop, Suva, Fiji, 17-18 August 1993. ACIAR Proceedings No. 52. p. 51-61
6del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona.
7The prey and predators of Homalopsine snakes, HAROLD K. VORIS and JOHN C. MURPHY, Journal of Natural History, 2002, 36, 1621–1632
8Gibson, D. I., Bray, R. A., & Harris, E. A. (Compilers) (2005). Host-Parasite Database of the Natural History Museum, London
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