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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.
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sand lance


sand launce

(Animals) another name for the sand eel
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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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Flounders and skates routinely cover themselves in substrate; jawfishes, tilefishes, and garden eels excavate permanent burrows; and some fishes (e.g., Pacific sandfish, Trichodon trichodon; sand lances, Ammodytes spp.) spend a majority of their life beneath the substrate after creating a tunnel that collapses behind them.
Locomotory transition from water to sand and its effects on undulatory kinematics in sand lances (Ammodytidae).
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.
Abstract--Pacific Sand Lance (Ammodytes personatus) are energy-rich schooling fish that are thought to be important drivers of marine food webs in Alaska (USA) and British Columbia (Canada).
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.
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.
Sand lances of the genus Ammodytes (family Ammodytidae) are small silvery fishes that inhabit marine and adjacent brackish waters of the Northern Hemisphere.
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.
Sand lances (Ammodytes spp.) were the most abundant (541 otoliths) species in the stomachs of stranded L.
Sand lances, another group that buries itself in sand, was also found predominantly in the sandy substrates.