Description: last ray of dorsal fin extended into long
filament; one dorsal fin; back dark blue to green or greenish
black, shading into bright silver on the sides; may be brownish
gold in estuarien waters; huge scales; mouth large and points
(as juveniles) ladyfish, Elops saurus.
primarily INSHORE fish, although adult fish spawn OFFSHORE where
the ribbon-like larval stage of the fish can be found.
angler catchs 40 to 50 pounds.
grower; matures at 7 to 13 years of age; spawning occurs between
May and September; female may lay more than 12 million eggs; can
tolerate wide range of salinity; juveniles commonly found in
fresh water; can breathe air at surface; feeds mainly on fish
and large crustaceans.
* The Florida
records quoted are from the Florida Fish and Wildlife
Conservation Commission's printed publication,
and are not necessarily the most current ones. The records are
provided as only as a benchmark.