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Species: Argentina striata, Striated Argentine

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top jaws do not meet at front
tongue - teeth front & sides
roof mouth - center & side teeth continuous
gill rakers: 6, robust, cónical



Argentina striata Goode & Bean, 1896

Striated Argentine

Elongate, a little compressed, oval in cross-section; body depth 12.2% (9.7-15.6%); small, terminal mouth; top jaw toothless; top jawbones do not meet at front; teeth on center and sides of roof of mouth in continuous band; teeth on front and sides of tongue; branchiostegal rays of opercular membrane under throat 5; gill rakers robust, conical, 6 (occasionally 7) lower rakers; fins without spines; 1 dorsal fin plus a small adipose fin at rear, over anal; pectoral 19 (18-21), fin low on side; pelvics on midbelly, 12-15 rays, usually 13-15; anal fin at rear; tail forked; scales small, smooth; tail base relatively deep (19.2%, range 16.7-22.7%); vertebrae 49 (47-51).

Body translucent, head silver; lower 2/3 of body slivery; swim bladder silvery; no external pigment along lower midline (although dark pigment of gut lining may show through thin skin of the belly); some fish with throat peppered with dark dots; small fish sometimes with 8-9 dark blotches on upper body.

Size: 21 cm.

Habitat: bathypelagic over soft bottoms; may form aggregations.

Depth: 95-500 m.

Nova Scotia to Uruguay.

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  • Marine
  • Marine Only
  • Inshore
  • Inshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Mid Water
  • Near Bottom
  • Water column
FishBase Habitat
  • Bathypelagic
Feeding Group
  • Carnivore
  • Data
  • Data
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
  • Mobile benthic gastropods/bivalves
  • Mobile benthic worms
Egg Type
  • Data
  • Pelagic
  • Pelagic larva
Global Endemism
  • All species
  • Greater Caribbean non-endemic
  • West Atlantic Endemic
Regional Endemism
  • Also in Brazil
  • Continent
  • Continent only
  • Extends N + S of GC
  • Extends North of GC
  • Extends South of GC
  • GC non-endemic
  • All species
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Equatorial (0-10N, Costa Rica / Venezuela)
  • Subtropical (23-35N, Florida / Carolinas / Bermuda)
  • Temperate (>35N)
  • Tropical (10-23N, Nicaragua / Cuba)
IUCN Red List
  • Least concern
  • Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 21
Depth Range Min
  • 95
Depth Range Max
  • 600