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ladyfish

Ladyfish

Elops saurus

Description: Terminal mouth; slender body; small scales; last dorsal ray not elonged; head small and pointer.

Similar Fish: Juvenile tarpon, Megalops atlanticus.

Where Found: Inshore fish, in bays and estuaries; occasionally enters freshwater, occurring in tidal pools and canals; often forms large schools and harasses bait at the surface.

Size: 2 to 3 pounds.

Remarks: Known to spawn offshore; ribbon-like larvae very similar to Albua and Megalops, peaking in fall; adults feed predominantly on fish and crustaceans; leaps when hooked.

Illustration: © Diane Rome Peebles

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