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Ladyfish: Elops saurus, Family Elopidae, Ladyfishes

Appearance:

Also known as skipjack and ten-pounder

  • Silver color on body, with a blueish back
  • Head small and pointed
  • Mouth terminal (at the very front of head)
  • Slender body with small scales
  • Last dorsal ray not extended into long filament

Similar Species: Juvenile tarpon, M. atlanticus; and bonefish, A. vulpes 

Size: 36 inches (2 to 3 pounds) 

Habitat:

Inshore fish, found in bays and estuaries; occasionally enter freshwater.

Behavior:

Spawn offshore, peaking in the fall.

Adults feed on fish and crustaceans.

Often form large schools.

Leap when hooked.

Additional Information

Recreational Regulations


Image Credit: © Diane Rome Peebles



FWC Facts:
Numerous marine species, like blue crabs, redfish, white shrimp, stingrays, tarpon, are found more than 100 miles upstream in the freshwater portions of the St. Johns River.

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