The ladyfish or tenpounder Elops saurus is a species of fish in the genus Elops , the only genus in the monotypic family Elopidae. Like other species in its genus, the ladyfish has a long, slender, rounded body covered with silvery scales. Its mouth is terminal and the tail is deeply forked. The species can be distinguished by counting the number of gill rakers and vertebrae. 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. The larvae, which are transparent and laterally compressed, are dispersed inshore and enter embayments, where they live for 2 to 3 yr.
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Gnathostomata: pictures Gnathostomata: specimens Gnathostomata: sounds Euteleostomi bony vertebrates. Euteleostomi: pictures Euteleostomi: specimens Euteleostomi: sounds Class Actinopterygii ray-finned fishes. Actinopterygii: information 1 Actinopterygii: pictures Actinopterygii: specimens Order Elopiformes. Elopiformes: pictures 2. Family Elopidae Tenpounders. Elopidae: pictures 1. Genus Elops. Elops: pictures 1. Species Elops saurus Bonefish. Elops saurus: pictures 1.
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Advanced Search. The ladyfish, Elops saurus , is a medium-sized fish with an elongate body covered with small, silvery scales. The overall body color is silver, bluish dorsally with yellowish lower sides and a yellow to white ventral surface. The head is small and pointed, with a large terminal mouth whose maxillary extends well behind the eye. The symmetrical caudal lobes of the tail are long and slender, and the dorsal fin inserts just behind the insertion point of the pelvics Hoese and Moore , Zale and Merrifield The scale count along the straight lateral line is , the dorsal ray count is , and the anal ray count is Hoese and Moore Ladyfish belong to an ancestral order of bony fish called the Elopiformes.
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Indian River Lagoon Species Inventory
Ladyfish , also called Ten-pounder , Elops saurus , primarily tropical coastal marine fish of the family Elopidae order Elopiformes , related to the tarpon and bonefish. The ladyfish is slender and pikelike in form and covered with fine silver scales; there are grooves into which the dorsal and anal fins can be depressed. A predatory fish, the ladyfish has small, sharp teeth and a bony throat plate between its mandibles. It ranges in length up to 90 cm 35 inches and may weigh up to
This long, slender, silvery fish has elongated and pointed fins, including a deeply forked caudal tail fin. Ladyfish are very tolerant of brackish water, and can be found in lagoons and bays as well as several miles out to sea. Common names in the English language are ladyfish , big-eyed herring, bonefish, bonyfish, fiddler, john, long john, riverfish, silverfish, skipjack, springer, and tenpounder. When hooked, the ladyfish yields good sport to the light-tackle angler.