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Tewara cranwellae (New Zealand sand diver).gif
New Zealand sand diver, Tewara cranwellae

Drawing by Dr Tony Ayling

Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Trachiniformes
Family: Creediidae
Waite, 1899
  • Limnichthyidae Regan, 1913

The sandburrowers or simply burrowers are a family, Creediidae, of fishes in the order Perciformes.

They are native to coastal waters the Indian and Pacific Oceans. They are very small fishes; with the exception of the larger Donaldson's sandburrower, Limnichthys donaldsoni, most species reach only 3 to 7 cm in length. They live in shallow waters close to the shore, burrowing into sandy areas swept by currents or by surf.

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  1. ^ Froese, Rainer, and Daniel Pauly, eds. (2013). "Creediidae" in FishBase. April 2013 version.