IUCN threat status:

Least Concern (LC)

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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 1977, Zale and Merrifield 1989).The scale count along the straight lateral line is 103-120, the dorsal ray count is 21-25, and the anal ray count is 14-17 (Hoese and Moore 1977).


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Source: Indian River Lagoon Species Inventory

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