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Argentine (Argentina silus) Records

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ARGENTINE, GREATER / ARGENTINA SILUS
6 12 1.02 2.4 Kabelvag Norway 010500 N. Hearn
AT AT 1.47 3.4 Bomiafjorden Norway 050807 A-I Steindal

The Atlantic argentine (Argentina silus)

is found from the Arctic waters of Davis Strait south to Labrador, as well as in other areas of the North Atlantic. It is pale green-yellow to olive brown in colour, with golden-tinted silver sides, a white belly, and a yellowish adipose fin. Its pectoral fins are located low on its body and its eyes are large. The scales on its lateral line do not continue onto the tail fin. Its scales in general are delicate, with minute spines, and fall off easily when the fish is captured. The Atlantic argentine has a dorsal fin, which originates behind the tip of its pectoral fins, and a silvery-coloured swim bladder. This argentine is usually smaller than 50 cm, although some may reach 60 cm.

The Atlantic argentine lives in schools near the bottom of the ocean, usually between 55–550 m below the surface, although it has been found as deep as 1400 m. Adults live in deep waters, while immature fish prefer shallower areas. Prey species include small fishes, squids, crustaceans, arrow worms, and comb jellies.

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