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n. pl. surfperch or surf·perch·es
Any of various viviparous marine fishes of the family Embiotocidae, found in shallow coastal waters of the northern Pacific Ocean.


(Animals) any viviparous marine percoid fish of the family Embiotocidae, of North American Pacific coastal waters. Also called: sea perch



n., pl. (esp. collectively) -perch, (esp. for kinds or species) -perch•es.
any fish of the livebearing family Embiotocidae, of shallow North American Pacific coastal water. Also called surffish.
[1880–85, Amer.]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.surfperch - small to medium-sized shallow-water fishes of the Pacific coast of North America
percoid, percoid fish, percoidean - any of numerous spiny-finned fishes of the order Perciformes
Embiotocidae, family Embiotocidae - viviparous percoid fishes comprising the surf fishes
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And every winter, the aquarium throws a big party, where locals turn up to nudge starfish and surfperch back into the ocean.
The barred surfperch (Amphistichus argenteus Agassiz).
A new species of cyclopoid copepod, parasitic on shiner surfperch, Cymatogaster aggregate Gibbons, in Anaheim Bay and Huntington Harbor, California, with notes on Bomolochus cuneatus fraser and Ergasilus lizae Kroyer.
of that Fish name fish reacted Toward Away Left Sank rockfish 68 5 1 2 Blackeye goby 0 0 Blue rockfish 10 0 Bocaccio 40 0 Canary rockfish 4 0 Cow cod 49 1 Dover sole 27 0 Greenblotched rockfish 54 1 1 Greenspotted rockfish 114 7 2 1 Greenstriped rockfish 123 4 2 Hagfish 21 1 1 Halfbanded rockfish 44 0 Pacific hake 10 0 Pink surfperch 1 Pygmy rockfish 5 0 Rose thorn rockfish 163 2 Rosy rockfish 10 1 1 Shortspine combfish 15 1 1 Splitnose rockfish 237 2 2 Spotted ratfish 7 0 Squarespotrockfish Stripetail rockfish 189 2 Thornyhead 70 0 Widow rockfish Yellowtail rockfish YOY Total 1261 27 1 6 7 Percent 2.
Marine zone: ODFW reports that a few anglers have had success catching surfperch from the breaches near Coos Bay and North Bend when ocean swells are low.
Variation in surfperch diets between allopatry and sympatry: circumstantial evidence for competition.
Functional design and prey capture dynamics in an ecologically generalized surfperch (Embiotocidae).
40)), including eulachon, staghorn sculpin, Pacific herring, starry flounder, and other flatfish, smelts, lamprey, juvenile salmonids, Pacific tomcod, American shad, surfperch (Embiotocidae), northern anchovy, and Pacific whiting (Riemer and Brown (24); Browne et al.
With thousands of miles of fishable water, the Pacific surf offers wading anglers a variety of fly-eating species, including striped bass, croaker, surfperch, mackerel, corbina, ling cod, and halibut, to name a few.
Patch selection by juvenile black surfperch (Embiotocidae) under variable risk: interactive influence of food quality and structural complexity.
Sources of predation likely included fish such as staghorn sculpin (Armstrong 1991) and redtail surfperch, Amphistichus rhodoterus (G.