Morphology Data of Elops smithi
Identification keys
Main Ref. McBride, R.S., C.R. Rocha, R. Ruiz-Carus and B.W. Bowen, 2010
Appearance refers to
Bones in OsteoBase

Sex attributes

Specialized organs
Different appearance
Different colors

Descriptive characteristics of juvenile and adult

Striking features
Body shape lateral elongated
Cross section
Dorsal head profile
Type of eyes
Type of mouth/snout
Position of mouth
Type of scales cycloid scales

This species is distinguished from Elops saurus in the number of vertebrae 73-80 but usually 75-78 vs. 79-87, often 81-85, respectively (vs. E. senegalensis 67, E. machnata 63-64, and E. hawaiensis 68-70). This species has a lower gill raker count , 10-15 on lower limb of the first arch (vs. E. affinis 16-20 and E. lacerta 17-19) (Ref. 83481).

Ease of Identification

Meristic characteristics of Elops smithi

Lateral Lines Interrupted: No
Scales on lateral line 102 - 118
Pored lateral line scales
Scales in lateral series
Scale rows above lateral line
Scale rows below lateral line
Scales around caudal peduncle
Gill clefts (sharks/rays only)
Gill rakers
on lower limb 13 - 15
on upper limb
total 21 - 23
total 73 - 80


Dorsal fin(s)

Fins number
Finlets No. Dorsal   
Spines total
Soft-rays total 24 - 27
Adipose fin

Caudal fin

Attributes forked

Anal fin(s)

Fins number
Spines total
Soft-rays total 16 - 19

Paired fins

Pectoral Attributes  
Soft-rays   17 - 18
Pelvics Attributes  
Soft-rays   13 - 16
Main Ref. (e.g. 9948)
Glossary ( e.g. cephalopods )
Entered by Capuli, Estelita Emily
Modified by Bailly, Nicolas
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