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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Phylogenetic diversity index Ref. The IUCN is a global union of states, governmental agencies, and non-governmental organizations in a partnership that assesses the conservation status of species.

Parasites Saufus cestode parasite, Rhynchobothrium bulbiferhas been found in the viscera of the adult ladyfish. Like other species in its genus, the ladyfish has a long, slender, rounded body covered with silvery scales.

Life cycle and mating behavior Maturity Reproduction Spawning Eggs Fecundity Larvae Spawns offshore, the larvae drifting towards the coast where they shelter and grow Ref. At a size of mm, the larvae metamorphose into juveniles. Feed mainly on crustaceans and small fishes.

Elops saurus – Wikipedia

Fishes of the Gulf of Mexico: Sauurus This 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.


Global conservation status and research needs for tarpons Megalopidaeladyfishes Elopidae and bonefishes Albulidae. The ladyfish is a member of Elopidae, a primitive family of bony fishes, along with the tarpon. Add your observation eaurus Fish Watcher Native range All suitable habitat Point map Year This map was computer-generated and has not yet been reviewed.

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Off the coast of Florida, spawning is thought to occur during the eoops months. The metamorphosing larvae and juveniles have been found inshore in estuarine habitats. Deeplyfish- fishes of the world. Leptocephalus larvae are found in salinities as low as 0.

There is no commercial fishery for this fish. Also found in brackish estuaries and juveniles are common in lagoons and hyper-saline bays Ref.

Elopidaefrom the western Atlantic Ocean. Eloops lives to depths of feet 50 m. The estuaries and coastal mangroves and marshes that are utilized as nursery grounds by larval and juvenile ladyfish are heavily impacted by development activities.

This Elopiformes -related article is a stub. Fishes of the western North Atlantic. Reproduction Ladyfish spawning occurs in offshore locations throughout the year. Image courtesy FAO When hooked, the ladyfish yields good sport to the light-tackle angler.


Estimates of some properties based on models Preferred temperature Ref. Its mouth is terminal and the tail is deeply forked.

Elops saurus, Ladyfish : fisheries, gamefish, bait

University Press of Mississippi pp. The head of the ladyfish is small and pointed with a large terminal mouth.

Coloration Dorsally, the ladyfish is silvery flops to greenish while ventrally and laterally they appear silver in color. When hooked, the ladyfish yields good sport to the light-tackle angler. Texas Journal of Science, Supplement 43 4: Importance to Humans Ladyfish grow to a length of 3 feet. The ladyfish prefers open water areas in channels with moderate currents, and shallow bars and eddies at bends in rivers. Phylogeny and morphologically similar fishes The ladyfish is a member of Elopidae, a primitive family of bony fishes, along with the tarpon.

The larvae in this stage are characterized by a long, ribbon-like, colorless, transparent body with large fang-like teeth, small eops, and very small fins.

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