TAXONOMY
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes)
Order: Perciformes (Perch-likes)
Family: Embiotocidae (Surfperches)

Genus/species; Amphistichus argenteus  

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GENERAL CHARACTERISTICS: . Travels in small groups. Silvery or white; 8–10 rust-colored vertical bars on side with spots in between. Length to 43 cm, max (17 inches), Max published weight: 2,000 g (4.4 pounds).

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 DISTRIBUTION/HABITAT: Subtropical marine. Bodega Bay, California to northern central Baja California.Found near sandy beaches in surf; found in trawl catches up to 73 m. (240 feet).

 DIET IN THE WILD:: Crabs; clams, and other invertebrates. Feed primarily on sand crabs which were present in over 90 percent of all stomachs containing food, and made up over 90 percent of the food by volume in a study by University of California. (content.cdlib.org/view?docId=kt2f59n5cq;NAAN=13030&do…)

 MORTALITY/LONGEVITY: Life span: to 9 years.

 CONSERVATION: IUCN: Not evaluated.

 REMARKS: An important sport fishery for most surf fishermen in California. Anglers use sand crabs, sandworms, blood worms, shrimp, squid, cut fish, Gulp! sandworm and small hard baits to catch these fish.

References

fishbase www.fishbase.org/summary/3622

 eol eol.org/pages/225747/details

 flickr www.flickr.com/photos/cas_docents/5037561446/in/set-72157…

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