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Ladyfish, also called Ten-pounder, (Elops saurus), primarily tropical coastal marine fish of the family Elopidae (order Elopiformes), related to the tarpon and bonefish. The ladyfish is slender and pikelike in form and covered with fine silver scales; there are grooves into which the dorsal and anal fins can be depressed. A predatory fish, the ladyfish has small, sharp teeth and a bony throat plate between its mandibles. It ranges in length up to 90 cm (35 inches) and may weigh up to 13.6 kg (30 pounds). The young are transparent and eellike. You can find ladyfish towards the west of the North Atlantic Ocean, right from Cape Cod, in the Caribbean Sea, the Gulf of Mexico, and towards southern Brazil. They are also found in the waters near Bermuda and south of North Carolina. In a few instances, ladyfish have been spotted in both the Indian and western Pacific oceans too.