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  Common names: ladyfish (English), machete (English), machete (Espanol), pez (Espanol)
Elops affinis Regan, 1909

Pacific ladyfish,     Pacific machete

Slender; the long mouth 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 Peru, Isla del Coco.

Closely related to E. saurus of the western Atlantic.


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