Elops saurus
Linnaeus 1766
Family Elopidae

Lateral view of a ladyfish
The ladyfish pictured above was collected in St. John’s County, Florida, in 2014. It is now a specimen in the Florida Museum ichthyology collection, UF 187677. Florida Museum photo by Zachary Randall

Ladyfish have a lower jaw that does not project, a large eye with its anterior and posterior aspects covered with adipose eyelid and between 119 and 128 lateral scales. The ladyfish is a marine species that lives in primarily coastal environments, and can occasionally be found in canals, sloughs and large rivers. Ladyfish are members of the tenpounder family.

Status & distribution

  • Status — Marine invader
  • Florida Distribution — The Gulf Coast, South Florida and the Atlantic Coast
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