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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Elops saurus

Distinctive Features It is an elongate, slender, and robust fish with a large, deeply forked caudal fin. Maximum length is about mm during Saueus I. Questionable occurrence records in the China Ref.

As the larvae grow, they feed primarily on zooplankton as well as insects and small fishes. Alligators sautus among the predators of ladyfish. Texas, Louisiana, and Adjacent Waters. Spawn in the open sea Ref.

Sauus species is typically found in brackish water lagoons and bays, as well as mangroves, tolerating a wide range of salinities. Form large schools close to the shore Ref. The lateral line runs straight down the length of the fish. The larvae, which are transparent and laterally compressed, are dispersed inshore and enter embayments, where they live for 2 to 3 yr.

However, it is known that the larvae undergo dramatic changes in body form accompanied by sauruus periods of length increase, interspaced with a period of length decrease.


Adult ladyfish prey on small bony fishes including species of mullet.

Deeplyfish- fishes of the world. Texas Journal of Science, Supplement 43 4: Trematodes of the genera Bucephalus and Prosorhynchus have been sauru from the intestines of the ladyfish. Like other members of the Elopidae, the ladyfish is a pelagic fish that spawns in the sea, but little is known about this marine phase.

Spawns offshore, the larvae drifting towards the coast where they shelter and grow Ref. Size, Age, and Growth The ladyfish grows to a maximum length of 3 feet 1 m and weight of about 15 pounds 6.

Common names in the English language are ladyfishbig-eyed herring, bonefish, bonyfish, fiddler, john, long john, riverfish, silverfish, skipjack, springer, and tenpounder. The Inland Fishes of Mississippi. Gular plate narrow Ref. Retrieved from ” https: This map was computer-generated and has not yet been reviewed.

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The ladyfish lives at least 6 years. This Elopiformes -related article is a stub. Adult ladyfish ssurus strictly carnivorous, feeding on small bony fish, including members of its own species, menhaden, and silversides, as well as invertebrates including crustaceans. Occur in shallow neritic areas, over muddy bottoms Ref. Fishes of the Gulf of Mexico: The larvae shrink to about mm. Marine; brackish; reef-associated; pH range: 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.



WoRMS – World Register of Marine Species – Elops saurus Linnaeus,

Body long, rounded in cross section Ross Estimates of some properties based on models Preferred temperature Ref. The ladyfish has been observed in the western Pacific Ocean and the Indian Ocean. Elops saurus Linnaeus This page was last edited on 23 Aprilat Importance to Humans Elopps grow to a length of 3 feet. Adult ladyfish are susceptible to piscivorous birds, sharks, porpoises, and alligators. Short description Morphology Morphometrics Dorsal spines total: Sign our Guest Book.

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The body is rough with small, thin, silvery scales. Order — Elopiformes Family — Elopidae Genus — Elops Species — saurus Common Names Common names in the English language are ladyfishbig-eyed herring, bonefish, bonyfish, fiddler, john, long john, riverfish, silverfish, skipjack, springer, and tenpounder.

The conclusion of Stage I results with the development of the fully formed leptocephalus larvae. This fish swallows its prey whole. This is followed by a dietary switch to small fish and crustaceans as the larvae grow into juvenile fish. Off the coast of Florida, spawning is thought to occur during the fall months.