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any member of the family Embiotocidae, a large family of spiny-finned, carnivorous fishes of the perch order. Also known as seaperches and surf fish, most surfperches are found off sandy shores of the North American Pacific Coast. Two species are found off Japan and Korea, and one, the Tule perch, is found in freshwater in the Sacramento River of California. Surfperches, unlike most other marine fishes, bear live young. The various species grow to average lengths of 6 to 18 in. (15–45 cm); most are richly colored. They are classified in the phylum ChordataChordata
, phylum of animals having a notochord, or dorsal stiffening rod, as the chief internal skeletal support at some stage of their development. Most chordates are vertebrates (animals with backbones), but the phylum also includes some small marine invertebrate animals.
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, subphylum Vertebrata, class Actinopterygii, order Perciformes, family Embiotocidae.
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The reproductive cycle of the viviparous surfperch, Cymatogaster aggregata Gibbons Can J Zool.
The redtail surfperch feed on crabs in the surf or hunt for shrimp and other edibles in the estuary
The productivity of the surfperch population there is partly attributable to unique features of the bay.
Five species of Surfperch (Embiotocidae) were detected, with Shiner and Striped Surfperch among the most abundant species collected over the study.
The influence of plant cover on surfperch abundance at an offshore temperate reef.
Rock fishermen like to try their luck for greenlings and surfperch (a California fishing license is required).
Marine zone: Late winter and early spring is the best time for surfperch fishing from the beaches.
While those watching Baywatch reruns believe Southern California beaches are for swimming, sunning, surfing and smooching, locals know that some great fishing and even an occasional fish dinner is available fly-fishing for corbina, surfperch, halibut, yellow fin croaker and many other species at beaches in Los Angeles and Ventura counties.
Along the sandy beach is good fishing for surfperch and smelt.
Surfperch fishing should be good now for beach bait-casters.