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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Retrieved 18 May Coastal inhabitant occurring throughout the Gulf of Mexico to Brazil Hubbs et al In other projects Wikimedia Commons Wikispecies. Off the coast of Florida, spawning is thought to occur during the fall months. Terminal Hubbs et al. Noted for their habit of skipping along the surface of the water and for jumping after being hooked Ref. Occasionally this fish is found several miles offshore.

Elops saurus

University Press of Mississippi pp. It lives to depths of feet 50 m. Both of these fish produce elongate, transparent larva called leptacephalus, a larval type that is characteristic of eels, indicating a close relationship between these otherwise dissimilar fishes Hildebrand This species is typically found in brackish eloos lagoons and bays, as well as mangroves, tolerating a wide range of salinities. Medium, minimum population doubling time 1.


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This species is known for their behaviors of skipping along the water surface and jumping after being hooked. Image courtesy FAO When hooked, the ladyfish yields good sport to the light-tackle angler.

Collaborators Pictures Stamps, Coins Misc. The ladyfish is a member of Elopidae, a primitive family of bony fishes, along with the tarpon.

Distinctive Features It is an elongate, slender, and robust fish with a large, deeply forked caudal fin. Elops saurus Scientific classification Kingdom: The ladyfish is also found in the waters surrounding Bermuda. Oxygen and nutrients for sakrus larvae are absorbed through the skin.

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The metamorphosing larvae and juveniles have been found inshore in estuarine habitats. This map was computer-generated and has not yet been reviewed. Neither the eggs nor yolk-sac larvae have been described for the ladyfish. Importance to Humans Ladyfish grow to a length of 3 feet. Spawn in the open sea Ref.

Elops saurus, Ladyfish : fisheries, gamefish, bait

This ellps was last edited on 23 Aprilat The IUCN is a global union of states, governmental agencies, and non-governmental organizations in a partnership that assesses the conservation status of species.

Coloration Dorsally, the ladyfish is silvery blue to greenish while ventrally and laterally they appear silver in color. Maximum length is about mm during Stage I.


Size, Age, and Growth The ladyfish grows to a maximum length of 3 feet 1 m and weight of about 15 pounds 6. 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. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Adult ladyfish are susceptible to piscivorous birds, sharks, porpoises, and alligators. Although this species may not be closely associated with any single habitat, it may be adversely affected by development and urbanization.

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. Texas Journal of Science, Supplement 43 4: Although ladyfish is marketed fresh, salted and frozen, it is considered as having little value as food due to the meat being bony and dry.

This long, slender, silvery fish has elongated and pointed fins, including a deeply forked caudal tail fin.