Species: Elops affinis, Pacific machete, Pacific ladyfish
Elops affinis Regan, 1909
Pacific ladyfish, Pacific machete
Body long, slender; mouth long, opens at the front and ends past the eye; teeth small, granular, on jaws, roof of mouth, tongue and base of gill arches; gill rakers (excluding rudiments) 10-11 + 16-20; an elongate bony plate under the chin between the lower jaws; with a single dorsal fin on the middle of the back, 21-25 rays; pelvic fins low on sides, directly under dorsal; pectorals 16-17, under the body just behind the gill openings; anal rays 14-17; tail fin strongly forked; lateral line is straight and complete; all fins without spines; scales small, ~ 100-120 on lateral line.
Generally silvery with bluish reflections; head yellowish; lower lobe of tail fin with white stripe.
Size: reaches about 91 cm.
Inhabits shallow inshore waters, particularly in bays, lagoons, and mangrove areas; enters rivers.
Depth: 0-10 m.
Southern California to northern Peru.
Closely related to E. saurus of the western Atlantic.
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- Near Bottom
- Water column only
- Reef associated (reef + edges-water column & soft bottom)
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- Bony fishes
- Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
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- Pelagic larva
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- Global Endemism
- East Pacific endemic
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- Tropical Eastern Pacific (TEP) endemic
- Regional Endemism
- TEP endemic
- Island (s)
- Continent + Island (s)
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- Climate Zone
- North Temperate (Californian Province &/or Northern Gulf of California)
- Northern Tropical (Mexican Province to Nicaragua + Revillagigedos)
- Equatorial (Costa Rica to Ecuador + Galapagos, Clipperton, Cocos, Malpelo)
- Northern Subtropical (Cortez Province + Sinaloan Gap)
- South Temperate (Peruvian Province )
- IUCN Red List
- Data deficient
- Not listed
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