A new species of ladyfish, of the genus Elops (Elopiformes: Elopidae), from the western Atlantic Ocean. Zootaxa 29– Taxonomic Notes: Elops saurus. Elops saurus. This long, slender, silvery fish has elongated and pointed fins, including a deeply forked caudal (tail) fin. It grows to 3 feet long. Elops saurus Linnaeus, (Download Help) Elops saurus TSN Species, Elops saurus Linnaeus, – ladyfish, banano, machete del Atlántico .

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This fish swallows its prey whole. Food Habits Larvae do not forage, but instead absorb nutrients directly from the water. Phylogenetic diversity index Ref. Moderate vulnerability 38 of This is followed by a dietary switch to small fish and crustaceans as the larvae grow into juvenile fish.

Conservation The estuaries and coastal mangroves and marshes that are utilized as nursery grounds by larval and juvenile ladyfish are heavily impacted by development activities. A new species of ladyfish, of the genus Elops Elopiformes: Spawns offshore, the larvae drifting towards the coast where they shelter and grow Ref. Predators Larger fish and carnivorous zooplankton may prey upon the ladyfish eggs and juveniles. Families Elopidae and Albulidae. The ladyfish or tenpounder Elops saurus is a species of fish in the genus Elopsthe only genus in the monotypic family Elopidae.

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Off the coast of Florida, spawning is thought to occur during the fall months. Length at which sexual maturity is attained is unknown for this species. Late in State II, and throughout Stage III, the larvae undergo pronounced changes in body, including decreases in body depth, snout length, dorsal and anal fin heights, and pectoral fin size.

Larval development is represented by profound changes in body form accompanied by 2 periods of length increase, interspaced by a period of length decrease Ref. Distinctive Features It is an elongate, slender, and robust fish with a large, deeply forked caudal fin. The dorsal and caudal fins are dusky yellowish to silvery and the pectoral and pelvic fins are speckled and pale.

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Body long, rounded in cross section Ross Texas Journal of Science, Supplement 43 4: When hooked, the ladyfish yields good sport to the light-tackle angler. Estimates of some properties based on models Preferred temperature Ref.


The lateral line runs straight down the length of the fish. The species can be distinguished by counting the number of gill rakers and vertebrae.

Coastal inhabitant occurring throughout the Gulf of Mexico to Brazil Hubbs et al Ladyfish are silvery blue to greenish with silver sides. InCarl Linnaeus first described the ladyfish as Elops saurus. Feed mainly on crustaceans and small fishes.

Noted for their habit of skipping along the surface of the water and for jumping after being hooked Ref. Maximum length is about mm during Stage I.

Nursery elopd for ladyfish, Elops saurusalong salinity gradients in two Florida estuaries. Scales small, more than in lateral line. Medium, minimum population doubling time 1.

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Early development and metamorphosis of the ten-pounder Elops saurus Linnaeus. The head of the ladyfish is small and pointed with a large terminal mouth. Like other species in its genus, the ladyfish has a long, slender, rounded body covered with silvery scales.