Sand eels
(3 specie in Swedish waters)

Sand eel

Distribution in scandinavian waters

Maximum length: 40 cm.
Appearance: Sand eels are long and slim, almost cylindrical with long pointed noses, normally with a protruding lower jaw. The dorsal fin goes along most of the back, while the tail fin has a U-form. The back has a green or blue colour, while the sides and abdomen have a silver lustre.
Depth: 1-150 m.
Environment: Sand bottoms and pelagic.
Misc: Sand eels live in large shoals. They also lack a swim bladder.
Classification: Sand eels are part of the group boney fish under the vertebrates.

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