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Ladyfish Elops saurus


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Alternate name: Tenpounder

Family: Elopidae, Tarpons view all from this family

Description The ladyfish or ten-pounder, Elops saurus, is a tropical species of ray-finned fish. It is slender and silver in appearance. It is a piscivorous fish with a relatively large gape that it uses to suction-feed. It is found in coastal regions of the tropical west Atlantic.

Dimensions Up to 3'3" (99 cm).

Habitat Ocean or bay shallows, Estuaries, tidal flats & salt marshes, Rivers & streams.

Range New England, Mid-Atlantic, Southeast, Florida, Texas.