Mechanisms maintaining sympatric distributions of two ladyfish ( Elopidae : Elops ) morphs in the Gulf of Mexico and western North Atlantic Ocean

@inproceedings{McBride2004MechanismsMS,
  title={Mechanisms maintaining sympatric distributions of two ladyfish ( Elopidae : Elops ) morphs in the Gulf of Mexico and western North Atlantic Ocean},
  author={Richard S. McBride and Andrij Z. Horodysky},
  year={2004}
}
Two morphs of ladyfish exist in the western North Atlantic and adjacent waters: Elops saurus, a high-count morph (79–87 myomeres or vertebrae) in the north, and Elops sp., a low-count morph (73–78 myomeres or vertebrae) in the south. It has been proposed that these morphs are two allopatric species, but significant questions about their ecology remain. We examined 4,597 specimens and found that E. saurus was distributed principally in the western North Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico, whereas Elops… CONTINUE READING
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