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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

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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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Salinity
  • Marine
  • Marine Only
Inshore/Offshore
  • Inshore
  • Inshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Near Bottom
  • Mid Water
Habitat
  • Water column
FishBase Habitat
  • Bathypelagic
Feeding Group
  • Carnivore
  • No Data
Diet
  • Mobile benthic worms
  • Mobile benthic gastropods/bivalves
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
Egg Type
  • Pelagic
  • Pelagic larva
  • Data
Global Endemism
  • Greater Caribbean non-endemic
  • West Atlantic Endemic
Regional Endemism
  • GC non-endemic
  • Continent
  • Extends North of GC
  • Continent only
  • Extends South of GC
  • Extends N + S of GC
  • Also in Brazil
Residency
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Temperate (>35N)
  • Subtropical (23-35N, Florida / Carolinas / Bermuda)
  • Tropical (10-23N, Nicaragua / Cuba)
  • Equatorial (0-10N, Costa Rica / Venezuela)
IUCN Red List
  • Not evaluated / Listed
CITES
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 21
Depth Range Min
  • 95
Depth Range Max
  • 600