Sand eels -
Scientific names: Ammodytidae means sand diver. In the coastal
sand eels scientific name, Ammodytes tobianus, tobianus is a
latinisation of the Swedish word tobis. In the scientific name Ammodytes
marinus, marinus means aquatic or sea living, while in Hyperoplus
lanceolatus, hyperoplus means in excessive numbers, while lanceolatus
means lancet formed.
Other English names: The group as a whole are often referred
to as sand eels, with name variations such as small sand eel, lesser
sand eel or greater sand eel depending on the specie.