Pacific sand lance

The Pacific sand lance lives in the benthopelagic, oceanodromous, brackish, marine, depth range 0 - 275 m , usually 30 - 100 m environment.

Pacific sand lance are highly abundant forage fish that are widely distributed throughout Puget Sound bays and nearshore habitats (Emmett et al. 1991) (Figure V-4). More

The general range of the Pacific sand lance includes coastal areas of the northern Pacific Rim from Baja California and the Sea of Japan, north to Alaska and Arctic Canada. Schools of sand lance are localized but widespread in the Puget Sound and the Strait of Juan de Fuca. More

Pacific sand lance spend much of their lives either hiding in the sandy substrate of shallow marine areas or swimming in the water column feeding. In the spring the sand lance More

and found Pacific sand lance distribution patchy throughout its range; considered common to highly abundant in Puget Sound, Washington, and rare in San Francisco Bay, California. The highest relative abundance was recorded in the Gulf of Alaska. More

Most of the information about the Pacific sand lance comes from studies in the San Francisco Bay area. It is likely that this information applies to Arctic populations, but as little research has been done in the north, this awaits verification. More

Surf smelt and Pacific sand lance, in particular, use the upper intertidal portion of mixed sand and gravel beaches for spawning. WDFW presently endeavors to protect all known, documented Pacific herring, surf smelt, and Pacific sand lance spawning sites from impacts of shoreline development. More

Common names

alaskan sand lance in English
Dobijak pacificzny in Polish (polski)
Dobijak pacyficzny in Polish (polski)
Gaaydaa in Haida
Galeota-do-Pacífico in Portuguese (Português)
Gga-na-ri in Korean (한국어)
Ikanago in Japanese (日本語)
Japanese sand lance in English
Kita-ikaanago in Japanese (日本語)
Lançon du Pacifique in French (français)
Lançon gourdeau in French (français)
Lanzon in Spanish (español)
Lanzón del Pacífico in Spanish (español)
Miàn tiáo yú in Mandarin Chinese
Pacific sand lance in English
Pacific sand lance in Unknown
Pacific sandeel in English
Pacific sandlance in English
Pacifisk sandgrævling in Danish (dansk)
Salton in Spanish (español)
sand lance in English
Sand-lance in English
Sandaal in German (Deutsch)
Sandspierling in German (Deutsch)
Stillehavstobis in Danish (dansk)
Stout sand lance in English
Tobis in Danish (dansk)
Tobis in German (Deutsch)
Yù jīn yú in Mandarin Chinese
六斑玉筋魚 in Mandarin Chinese
六斑玉筋鱼 in Mandarin Chinese
太平洋玉筋魚 in Mandarin Chinese
太平洋玉筋鱼 in Mandarin Chinese
까나리 in Korean (한국어)

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Order : Perciformes
Family : Ammodytidae
Genus : Ammodytes
Species : Ammodytes hexapterus
Authority : Pallas, 1814