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sand lance

or sand·lance (sănd′lăns′)
Any of several small slender marine fishes of the family Ammodytidae, which burrow in the sand and are often used for bait. Also called launce, sand eel.

sand lance


sand launce

(Animals) another name for the sand eel

sand′ lance`

any slender marine fish of the family Ammodytidae that burrows into the sand.
[1770–80; appar. lance, from its shape]
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Noun1.sand lance - very small silvery eellike schooling fishes that burrow into sandy beachessand lance - very small silvery eellike schooling fishes that burrow into sandy beaches
acanthopterygian, spiny-finned fish - a teleost fish with fins that are supported by sharp inflexible rays
Ammodytes, genus Ammodytes - type genus of the Ammodytidae
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Pacific sandfish, Trichodon trichodon; sand lances, Ammodytes spp.
For instance, humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae) at Stellwagon Bank, Massachusetts, excavate bottom sediments at night to forage on dense aggregations of buried sand lances (Ammodytes spp.
Systematics of North Pacific sand lances of the genus Ammodytes based on molecular and morphological evidence, with the description of a new species from Japan.
Predator species Prey species decreasing increasing Cod Bearded gobies Grouper Jellyfish Swordfish Sand lances Atlantic and Anchovies other halibut Menhaden Bluefin and Blennies other tuna SOURCE: V.
The photos aren't hard science, but they do give an idea of what proportions of different kinds of herring, smelt, anchovies, sand lances and juvenile rockfish the murres are eating.
As in the wild, The Aquarium's new auklet will be fed a diet of sand lances and krill by its attentive parents.
Abstract--The systematic status of North Pacific sand lances (genus Ammodytes) was assessed from mitochondrial DNA (cytochrome oxidase c subunit 1) sequence data and morphological data to identify the number of species in the North Pacific Ocean and its fringing seas.
During the summer, brown pelicans congregate in huge numbers near the mouth of the Columbia River and in bays in Washington state where they dive for smelt, herring, sand lances and sardines.
In a paired video sled and beam trawl survey (where a video camera sled was towed along the bottom and then a beam trawl was dragged along the same areal on sand ridges off the coast of Maryland and Delaware, a substantially larger number of sand lances were captured in the video sled than in the beam trawl (Diaz et al.