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Argentina aliceae Cohen and Atsaides, 1969
Alices argentine

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Argentina aliceae
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Argentina aliceae

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Main identification features
  • head: 33 percent sl
  • lateral line has 45-48 scales
  • eye: 7.9-9.5 percent sl
Alice's argentine

Elongate, a little compressed; head relatively long (1/3 of standard length); relatively large eyes (7-9-9.5%% of standard length); small, terminal mouth; top jaw toothless; fins without spines; 1 dorsal fin plus a small adipose fin at rear, over anal; pectorals low; pelvics on midbelly; anal fin at rear; tail forked; scales smooth, 45-47 (average 47) lateral line scales.

Body translucid, head silver; an iridescent silver stripe along midside from eye back; top of head and snout dusky; a black blotch above eye; 8 faint dusky bars on back; fins dusky; mouth and gill chamber white.

Size: 15 cm.

Habitat: over soft bottoms.

Depth: 90-310 m.

The Gulf of Fonseca to northern Peru, Malpelo.

Abundance: Common.
Cites: Not listed.
Climate Zone: Equatorial (Costa Rica to Ecuador + Galapagos, Clipperton, Cocos, Malpelo); South Temperate (Peruvian Province ).
Depth Range Max: 310 m.
Depth Range Min: 90 m.
Diet: zooplankton; Pelagic crustacea; pelagic fish larvae; pelagic fish eggs.
Eastern Pacific Range: Northern limit=13; Southern limit=-9; Western limit=-88; Eastern limit=-78; Latitudinal range=22; Longitudinal range=10.
Egg Type: Pelagic; Pelagic larva.
Feeding Group: Planktivore.
FishBase Habitat: Demersal.
Global Endemism: Tropical Eastern Pacific (TEP) endemic; East Pacific endemic; All species.
Habitat: Soft bottom (mud, sand,gravel, beach, estuary & mangrove); Mud; Sand & gravel; Soft bottom only.
Inshore Offshore: Inshore; Offshore; In & Offshore.
IUCN Red List: Not evaluated / Listed.
Length Max: 15 cm.
Regional Endemism: Island (s); Continent; Continent + Island (s); TEP endemic; All species.
Residency: Resident.
Salinity: Marine; Marine Only.
Water Column Position: Bottom; Bottom only;

Scientific source:

Links to other sites

  • BÚarez, P., 1996., Lista de los Peces Marinos del Ecuador Continental., Revista de Biologia Tropical, 44:731-741.
  • Cohen, D.M., 1969., Additions to a revision of Argentinine fishes., United States Fish Wildlife Service, Fisheries Bulletin, 68:13-36.
  • Fischer , W. , Krup , F. , Schneider , W. , Sommer , C. , Carpenter , K. E. and Niem, V. H., 1995., Guia FAO para la Identificacion de Especies de para los fines de la Pesca. Pacifico Centro-Oriental. Volumen II. Vertebrados - Parte 1., FAO2:647-1200.
  • Lopez , M. I. and Bussing, W. A., 1982., Lista provisional de los peces marinos de la Costa Rica., Revista de Biologia Tropical, 30(1):5-26.


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Argentina aliceae Cohen & Atsaides , 1969

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Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Osmeriformes (Smelts) > Argentinidae (Argentines or herring smelts)
Etymology: Argentina: Latin, argentus = silver (Ref. 45335 ) .  More on authors: Cohen & Atsaides .

Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range Ecology

Marine; demersal; depth range 97 - 300 m (Ref. 9270 ), usually 100 - 160 m (Ref. 9270 ).   Tropical; 13°N -

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Eastern Pacific: Nicaragua to Peru.

Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: L m   ?   range ? - ? cm
Max length : 15.0 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 9270 )

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

Forms schools near the bottom (Ref. 9270 ). Feeds on small crustaceans (Ref. 9270 ). Utilized as fishmeal (Ref. 9270 ). Minimum depth from Ref. 58018.

Life cycle and mating behavior Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae

Main reference Upload your references | References | Coordinator | Collaborators

Schneider, M. , 1995. Argentinidae. Argentinas. p. 858-859. In W. Fischer, F. Krupp, W. Schneider, C. Sommer, K.E. Carpenter and V. Niem (eds.) Guia FAO para Identification de Especies para lo Fines de la Pesca. Pacifico Centro-Oriental. 3 Vols. FAO, Rome. (Ref. 9270 )

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 120744 )

  Least Concern (LC)  ; Date assessed: 01 May 2008

CITES (Ref. 115941 )

Not Evaluated

CMS (Ref. 116361 )

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans


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Estimates of some properties based on models

Preferred temperature (Ref. 115969 ): 11.8 - 15.1, mean 14 (based on 30 cells). Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805 ):  PD 50 = 0.5001   [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high]. Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00363 (0.00183 - 0.00721), b=3.16 (2.98 - 3.34), in cm Total Length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245 ). Trophic Level (Ref. 69278 ):  3.5   ±0.50 se; Based on food items. Resilience (Ref. 69278 ):  High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months (Preliminary K or Fecundity.). Vulnerability (Ref. 59153 ):  Low to moderate vulnerability (28 of 100) . Price category (Ref. 80766 ):   High .

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