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Elops lacerta (Atlantic ladyfish; Bony fish; Guinean ladyfish; Hareng; Ninebone; Tenpounder; Ten-pounder; West African ladyfish)

Synonyms: Elops congicus
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Wikipedia Abstract

The West African ladyfish, Elops lacerta, is a species of fish in the Elopidae family. It is native to the coastal waters of the eastern Atlantic Ocean, from Senegal to Angola. It is also known as the Guinean ladyfish. Some have been known to grow to 20 lb.
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Prey / Diet

Coptodon guineensis (Guinean tilapia)[1]
Coptodon zillii (Zilli's tilapia)[2]
Dentex dentex (Porgy)[2]
Elops lacerta (Atlantic ladyfish)[1]
Engraulis encrasicolus (Southern African anchovy)[2]
Ethmalosa fimbriata (Bonga shad)[1]
Eucinostomus melanopterus (Flagfin mojarra)[1]
Gerres nigri (Guinean striped mojarra)[1]
Gobionellus occidentalis (Goby)[1]
Neochelon falcipinnis (Sicklefin mullet)[1]
Pellonula leonensis (Guinean sprat)[2]
Sardinella maderensis (Madeiran sardinella)[1]
Sarotherodon melanotheron (blackchin tilapia)[1]
Tylochromis jentinki (Cichlid)[2]

Prey / Diet Overlap

Competing SpeciesCommon Prey Count
Citharichthys stampflii (Smooth flounder)5
Cynoglossus senegalensis (large tonguesole)3
Eleotris senegalensis (Sleeper goby)4
Eleotris vittata (Sleeper goby)3
Ethmalosa fimbriata (Bonga shad)1
Eucinostomus melanopterus (Flagfin mojarra)5
Hemichromis fasciatus (Banded jewelfish)5
Hepsetus odoe (Pike characid)4
Hydrocynus forskahlii (Tigerfish)1
Ilisha africana (West African ilisha)1
Lutjanus goreensis (Grouper)2
Pellonula leonensis (Guinean sprat)3
Polydactylus quadrifilis (Threadfin)4
Pomadasys jubelini (burro)5
Pseudotolithus elongatus (Niger corb)4
Pseudotolithus senegalensis (Ladyfish)4
Schilbe intermedius (Butter catfish)5
Sphyraena afra (Guinean barracuda)5
Strongylura senegalensis (Senegal needlefish)5
Trachinotus teraia (Shortfin pompano)2
Trichiurus lepturus (Atlantic Cutlassfish)3


Caligo illioneus (Owl butterfly)[2]
Elops lacerta (Atlantic ladyfish)[1]
Hemichromis fasciatus (Banded jewelfish)[1]
Sphyraena afra (Guinean barracuda)[1]
Taenaris catops (Silky Owl)[2]

Range Map

Africa-Inland Waters; Angola; Atlantic Ocean; Atlantic, Eastern Central; Atlantic, Southeast; Benguela Current; Benin; Cameroon; Canary Current; Congo, Dem. Rep. of the; Congo, Republic of; Côte d'Ivoire; Eastern Atlantic: Senegal to Angola. Reported to occur to at least 23°S (Ref. 3968). Reported from Mauritania (Ref. 2844). Often confused with <i>Elops senegalensis</i>.; Equatorial Guinea; Gabon; Gambia; Ghana; Guinea; Guinea Current; Guinea-Bissau; Liberia; Mauritania; Namibia; Nigeria; Sanaga; Senegal; Sierra Leone; Togo; Ébrié Lagoon;



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1Comparative analysis of trophic structure and interactions of two tropical lagoons, M.C. Villanueva, P. Lalèyè, J.-J. Albaret, R. Laë, L. Tito de Morais and J. Moreau, Ecological Modelling, Vol. 197, Issues 3-4 , 25 August 2006, P. 461-477
2Jorrit H. Poelen, James D. Simons and Chris J. Mungall. (2014). Global Biotic Interactions: An open infrastructure to share and analyze species-interaction datasets. Ecological Informatics.
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