Barred surfperch

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Barred surfperch
Not evaluated (IUCN 3.1)
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Perciformes
Family: Embiotocidae
Genus: Amphistichus
Species: A. argenteus
Binomial name
Amphistichus argenteus
Agassiz, 1854
  • Mytilophagus fasciatus Gibbons, 1854
  • Amphistichus similis Girard, 1854
  • Amphistichus arenatus Ryder, 1885

Amphistichus argenteus, the Barred surfperch, is a species of surfperch native to inshore waters from northern California, United States to southern Baja California, Mexico. This species can reach a length of 43 centimetres (17 in) TL though most do not exceed 30 centimetres (12 in) TL. The maximum recorded weight is 2.0 kilograms (4.4 lb).[1] Like other surfperches, it gives birth to live young. The diet of the barred surfperch consists predominantly of sand crabs .[2]


Barred surfperch are an important sport fishery for most surf fishermen in California. Anglers use sand crabs, sandworms, blood worms, shrimp, squid, cut fish, sandworm and small hard baits to catch these fish.


  1. ^ Froese, Rainer and Pauly, Daniel, eds. (2013). "Amphistichus argenteus" in FishBase. April 2013 version.
  2. ^ "The Pacific Mole Crab" (PDF). Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary. Retrieved 2009-01-20. 

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