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Barred surfperch

Amphistichus argenteus, the Barred surfperch, is a species of surfperch native to inshore waters from northern California, USA 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 9 kilograms (20 lb).[1] Like other surfperches, it gives birth to live young. The diet of the barred surfperch is made up 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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