Tarpon Research Framework

How to use the Framework

  • The diagram shows the general pattern of the species’ life history.
  • Each numbered life stage on the diagram corresponds to a spreadsheet (linked below) containing a summary of the State of Knowledge and Research Priorities for that life stage.
  • The spreadsheets present color-coded Status of Knowledge and number-coded Research Priority Level for each life stage.
  • The Status of Knowledge color codes were determined by literature review and scientific peer review.
  • The Research Priority Levels are based upon recurring discussion and review of advances in research and emerging threats to bonefish, tarpon, and permit populations.


  1. Spawning
  2. Larval
  3. Juvenile
  4. Sub-adult
  5. Adult
  6. General