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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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Habitat characteristics of an intertidal aggregation of Pacific Sandlance (Ammodytes hexapterus) at a North Puget Sound beach in Washington.
Changes in pelagic fish species include a shift from an abundance of Arctic cod (Boreogadus saida) to an increase in sub-Arctic species such as capelin (Mallotus villosus) and sandlance (Ammodytes sp.
Many bottom-dwelling Adult and juvinile fish such as cod, yellowtail pounder, winter skate, Northern sandlance, redfish (pictured) and longhorn sculpin thrive within this area.
typical food for humpback whales is a small shrimp-like zooplankton, called krill, and schooling fish, such as herring, sandlance and capelin.
Their distribution is driven by the habitat preferences of their prey, presently sandlance, Ammodytes spp.
Because the Common Terns of the Portneuf sandbar fed exclusively on sandlance (Ammodytes americanus), I estimated E via Harris and Hislop's (1978) allometric relationships for sandlance that convert total length to mass and then predict energy value as a function of mass.
At site 2, of the 315 lingcod stomachs sampled, 177 were empty and 138 contained the same 10 prey categories plus Pacific sandlance (Ammodytes hexapterus) as a major prey item, as well as market squid (Loligo opalescens), Pacific lamprey (Lampetra tridentata), and northern anchovy (Engraulis mordax) as minor items (Table 2).
The incidence of arctic cod, sculpins, and benthic Zoarcidae decreased and the incidence of capelin and sandlance increased over the period considered.
the sandlance fish and chameleons) have hit on a similar solution to the problem of monocular rangefinding (Ott and Schaeffel, 1995; Pettigrew et al.
Among the larvae, Pacific sandlance (Ammodytes hexapterus), rex sole, and curlfin sole (Pleuronichthys decurrens) were tightly clustered, as were northern anchovy and thornyheads (Sebastolobus spp.