AskDefine | Define surfperch

Dictionary Definition

surfperch n : small to medium-sized shallow-water fishes of the Pacific coast of North America [syn: surffish, surf fish]

Extensive Definition

The surfperches are a family, Embiotocidae, of perciform fishes. They are found in coastal waters of the northern Pacific and grow up to 45 cm (17.7 inches) long.
They are viviparous fishes, in which the embryo is nourished directly by the mother as well as the yolk. This gives the family its scientific name, from Greek embios meaning "persistent" and tokos meaning "birth".


surfperch in German: Brandungsbarsche
surfperch in Lithuanian: Gyvavedžiai ešeriai
surfperch in Norwegian: Brenningsabborer
surfperch in Polish: Szumieniowate
surfperch in Portuguese: Embiotocidae
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