Elops hawaiensis

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Hawaiian ladyfish
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Elopiformes
Family: Elopidae
Genus: Elops
Species: E. hawaiensis
Binomial name
Elops hawaiensis
Regan, 1909

Elops hawaiensis, the Hawaiian ladyfish, Hawaiian tenpounder, or banana fish, is a species of fish in the Elopidae family. It is sometimes referred to as the giant herring, and its Hawaiian name is awa 'aua. It is native to the west central Pacific Ocean, and the current classification may in fact consist of several species.[1]


This species uses estuarine areas and hypersaline lagoons; changes in the quality of these habitats may affect this species' population dynamics. Although this species may not be closely associated with any single habitat, it may be adversely affected by development and urbanization. [2]


  1. ^ Froese, Rainer and Pauly, Daniel, eds. (2006). "Elops hawaiensis" in FishBase. 05 2006 version.
  2. ^ Adams, A. J., Horodysky, A. Z., McBride, R. S., Guindon, K., Shenker, J., MacDonald, T. C., Harwell, H. D., Ward, R., and Carpenter, K. Global conservation status and research needs for tarpons (Megalopidae), ladyfishes (Elopidae) and bonefishes (Albulidae). Fish and Fisheries (online, early view as of 2013). http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/faf.12017/abstract