The early growth of the Pacific tarpon, Megalops cyprinoides, was studied by larval otolith analysis and rearing of larvae and juveniles in the laboratory . Morphology of the sagitta, validation of sagittal daily increments, age at the start of metamorphosis, decrement of standard length in early metamorphosis, and growth under rearing conditions are described. The sagitta of fully-grown Pacific tarpon leptocephali were transparent and circular, with regular intervals between the neighboring rings becoming wider at the onset of metamorphosis . Alizarin corn plexone treatment of larvae confirmed the daily formation of the sagittal rings. Metamorphosis was estimated to start about one month after hatching . After drastic shrinkage during the first several days of metamorphosis, the body length more or less stabilized for one month and then resumed rapid growth. The early growth of Pacific tarpon was divided into four phases as follows: A) leptocephalus positive growth phase; B) leptocephalus negative growth phase; C) sluggish growth phase;and D) juvenile growth phase.