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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. Parasites A cestode parasite, Rhynchobothrium bulbiferhas been found in the viscera of the adult ladyfish. During Stage II, the larvae decrease markedly in length and gradually lose ribbon-like leptocephalic morphology. Image courtesy FAO When hooked, the ladyfish yields good sport to the light-tackle angler. Distinctive Features It is an elongate, slender, and robust suarus with a large, deeply forked caudal fin.
Elops saurus Linnaeus No synonyms have been used for this species. The caudal lobes of the ladyfish are long and slender. Stage I is aaurus initial period of length increase. A field guide to Atlantic coast fishes of North America. Summary page Point data Common names Photos. University Press of Mississippi pp.
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. It can tolerate low temperatures for short periods of time. Leptocephalus larvae are found in salinities as low as 0.
As a thermophilic fish, the ladyfish has been reported in cold-related fish kills in Florida. Predators Larger fish and carnivorous zooplankton may prey upon the ladyfish eggs and juveniles. Adult ladyfish prey on small bony fishes including species of mullet. Reproduction Ladyfish spawning occurs in offshore locations throughout the year. The ladyfish or tenpounder Elops saurus is a species of fish in the genus Elopsthe only genus in the monotypic family Elopidae.
The Inland Fishes of Mississippi. Coloration Dorsally, the ladyfish is silvery blue to greenish while ventrally and laterally they appear silver in color. Native range All suitable habitat Point map Year Adult ladyfish are strictly carnivorous, feeding on small bony fish, including members of its own species, menhaden, and silversides, as well as invertebrates including crustaceans.
Noted for their habit of skipping along the surface of the water and for jumping after being hooked Ref. Length at which sexual maturity is attained is unknown for this species. Size, Age, and Growth The ladyfish grows to a maximum length of 3 feet 1 m and weight of about 15 pounds 6.
An annotated checklist of the freshwater fishes of Texas, with keys to identification of species. Early View Online Version of Record published before inclusion in an issue. You can help Wikipedia by expanding it. Like other species in its genus, the ladyfish has a long, slender, rounded body covered with silvery scales.
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. A new species of ladyfish, of the genus Elops Elopiformes: Add your observation in Fish Watcher Native range All suitable habitat Point map Year This map was computer-generated saurks has not yet been reviewed. Fishes of the western North Atlantic.
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