Silvery color with bluish or greenish back; slender, round
body, snout long, conical, aiming downward and overhanging
lower jaw; dark streaks between scales on upper half of body
and faint crossbands extending down to lateral line; extremities
of dorsal and caudal fins shaded with black.
fish: Ladyfish, Elops saurus.
found: Primarily inshore fish inhabiting shallows of the
Florida Keys; found in shallows often less than 1 foot deep,
usually over lush grass flats, occasionally over white sand.
3 to 5 pounds.
Travels in loose schools; roots out shrimp, shellfish,
crabs, and fish from the bottom; spawns offshore; eggs hatching
into ribbon-like larvae that metamorphose into fish-like form
at about 2 inches and move inshore.