surfperch

/serrf"perrch'/, n., pl. (esp. collectively) surfperch, (esp. referring to two or more kinds or species) surfperches.
any of several fishes of the family Embiotocidae, inhabiting shallow waters along the Pacific coast of North America. Also called seaperch, surffish.
[1880-85, Amer.; SURF + PERCH2]

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fish
also called  seaperch 

      any of 23 species of fishes of the family Embiotocidae (order Perciformes). Surfperches are found in the North Pacific Ocean; three or four species are native to Japanese waters, but all others are confined to the North American coast, mostly off California. One species, the tule perch (Hysterocarpus traski), inhabits freshwater. All species are unusual among marine fishes in giving birth to live young rather than laying eggs.

      Surfperches are relatively deep-bodied and have small mouths, large scales, and a single, long dorsal fin. The species range in length from 13 to 45 cm (5 to 18 inches). The barred surfperch (Amphistichus argenteus), marked with yellow stripes, is one of several species favoured by anglers.

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  • surfperch — ☆ surfperch [sʉrf′pʉrch΄ ] n. pl. surfperch or surfperches any of a family (Embiotocidae) of percoid sea fishes that bear living young and live in shallow water along the Pacific coast of North America …   English World dictionary

  • surfperch — noun Date: 1885 any of a family (Embiotocidae) of small or medium sized viviparous bony fishes chiefly of shallow water along the Pacific coast of North America that resemble the perches …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • surfperch — surf•perch [[t]ˈsɜrfˌpɜrtʃ[/t]] n. pl. (esp. collectively) perch, (esp. for kinds or species) perch•es. ich any fish of the livebearing family Embiotocidae, of shallow North American Pacific coastal water Also called surffish • Etymology: 1880–85 …   From formal English to slang

  • surfperch — noun small to medium sized shallow water fishes of the Pacific coast of North America • Syn: ↑surffish, ↑surf fish • Hypernyms: ↑percoid fish, ↑percoid, ↑percoidean • Hyponyms: ↑rainbow s …   Useful english dictionary

  • Barred surfperch — Taxobox | name = Barred surfperch regnum = Animalia phylum = Chordata classis = Actinopterygii ordo = Perciformes familia = Embiotocidae genus = Amphistichus species = A. argenteus binomial = Amphistichus argenteus binomial authority =Barred… …   Wikipedia

  • walleye surfperch — ☆ walleye surfperch n. a common black and silvery surfperch (Hyperprosopon argenteum) found off the coast of California * * * …   Universalium

  • walleye surfperch — ☆ walleye surfperch n. a common black and silvery surfperch (Hyperprosopon argenteum) found off the coast of California …   English World dictionary

  • red-tailed surfperch — raudonuodegis gyvavedis ešerys statusas T sritis zoologija | vardynas taksono rangas rūšis atitikmenys: lot. Amphistichus rhodoterus angl. red tailed surfperch rus. краснохвостая эмбиотока ryšiai: platesnis terminas – dryžieji gyvavedžiai ešeriai …   Žuvų pavadinimų žodynas

  • wall-eyed surfperch — išsprogtakis gyvavedis ešerys statusas T sritis zoologija | vardynas taksono rangas rūšis atitikmenys: lot. Hyperprosopon argenteum angl. China pompano; silver perch; wall eyed surfperch rus. серебристая пучеглазая эмбиотока ryšiai: platesnis… …   Žuvų pavadinimų žodynas

  • shiner surfperch — paprastasis gyvavedis šaineris statusas T sritis zoologija | vardynas taksono rangas rūšis atitikmenys: lot. Cymatogaster aggregata aggregata angl. bay perch minny; bay shinerperch; yellow shiner; seven eleven perch; shiner surfperch; sparada;… …   Žuvų pavadinimų žodynas

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