Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Osmeriformes
(Smelts) > Argentinidae
(Argentines or herring smelts)
Etymology: Argentina: Latin, argentus = silver (Ref. 45335). More on author: Cohen.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; benthopelagic; depth range 30 - 400 m (Ref. 9563). Temperate; 31°S - 47°S
Southwest Pacific: Endemic to Australia (Eucla, Western Australia (127°19'E) to Smoky Cape, New South Wales (30°55'S).
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 13.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 9563)
A temperate, mesopelagic, as well as benthic species (Ref. 7300, 75154) recorded from the continental shelf and slope (Ref.9563, 75154).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
May, J.L. and J.G.H. Maxwell, 1986. Trawl fish from temperate waters of Australia. CSIRO Division of Fisheries Research, Tasmania. 492 p. (Ref. 9563)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 120744)
CITES (Ref. 115941)
Threat to humans
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningSpawning aggregationFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates of some properties based on models
Preferred temperature (Ref. 115969
): 12.2 - 19.5, mean 15.1 (based on 59 cells).
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 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
): 3.3 ±0.4 se; Based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 69278
): High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (21 of 100) .