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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At a size of mm, the larvae metamorphose into juveniles.

Elops saurus – Wikipedia

The ladyfish prefers open water areas in channels with moderate currents, and shallow bars and eddies at bends in rivers. Like other members of the Elopidae, the ladyfish is a pelagic fish that spawns in the elos, but little is known about this marine phase.

Families Elopidae and Albulidae. University Press of Mississippi pp. Elopidaefrom the western Atlantic Ocean. Sign our Guest Book.

It lives to depths of feet 50 m. Marketed fresh, salted and frozen but considered a second rate food fish Ref. When hooked, the ladyfish yields good sport to the light-tackle angler.

Off the coast of Florida, spawning is thought to occur during the fall months. Taxonomy InCarl Linnaeus first described the ladyfish as Elops saurus. Oxygen and nutrients for the larvae are absorbed through the skin. Discover Fishes Elops saurus. Coloration Dorsally, the ladyfish is silvery blue to greenish while ventrally and laterally they appear silver in color.


The caudal lobes of the ladyfish are long and slender. Parasites A cestode parasite, Rhynchobothrium bulbiferhas been found in the viscera of the adult ladyfish.

Habitat This species is typically found in brackish water lagoons and bays, as well as mangroves, tolerating a wide range of salinities. Entered by Luna, Susan M. No synonyms have been used for this species.

Occasionally this fish is found several miles offshore. Food Habits Larvae do not forage, but instead absorb nutrients directly from the water.

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Inhabits most of the bays and estuaries of the state; specimens also found in saurrus lower reaches of coastal streams Hubbs et al. It can tolerate low temperatures for short periods of time. 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. The ladyfish is a member of Elopidae, a primitive family of sarus fishes, along with the tarpon.

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Order — Elopiformes Family — Elopidae Genus — Elops Species — saurus Daurus Names Common names in the English language are ladyfishbig-eyed herring, bonefish, bonyfish, fiddler, john, long john, riverfish, silverfish, skipjack, springer, and tenpounder.

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Life cycle and mating eloos Maturity Reproduction Spawning Eggs Fecundity Larvae Spawns offshore, the larvae drifting towards the coast where they shelter and grow Ref. Reproduction Ladyfish spawning occurs in offshore locations throughout the year. Early development and metamorphosis of the ten-pounder Elops saurus Linnaeus. Marine; brackish; reef-associated; pH range: Dentition As a predatory fish, the ladyfish has small, sharp teeth. Feed mainly on crustaceans and small fishes.

Native range All suitable habitat Point map Year Ladyfish are silvery blue to greenish with silver sides. A field guide to Atlantic coast fishes of North America. The IUCN is a global union of states, governmental agencies, and non-governmental organizations in a partnership zaurus assesses the conservation status of species.

Leptocephalus larvae are found in salinities as low as 0.

Elops saurus – Discover Fishes

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Fishes of the Gulf of Mexico: Occur in shallow neritic areas, over muddy bottoms Ref.

Stage III is the second period of length increase that terminates with the beginning of the juvenile stage. The estuaries and coastal mangroves and marshes that are utilized as nursery grounds by larval and juvenile ladyfish are heavily impacted by development activities.

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