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Class: Actinopteri
Order: Stomiiformes
Family: Sternoptychidae Marine hatchetfishes
Subfamily: Sternoptychinae
Genus: Argyropelecus

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7 species
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Eastern Atlantic
Max. Length 8.3 cm SL
Argyropelecus aculeatus Valenciennes, 1850

Photo by Photo by Orlov, A.
 
Argyropelecus aculeatus
[Lovely hatchetfish]



Eastern Atlantic
Max. Length 8.4 cm SL
Argyropelecus affinis Garman, 1899

Photo by Photo by JAMARC
 
Argyropelecus affinis
[Pacific hatchet fish]



Eastern Atlantic
Max. Length 12 cm SL
Argyropelecus gigas Norman, 1930

Photo by Photo by Dolgov, A.
 
Argyropelecus gigas
[Hatchetfish]



Eastern Atlantic
Max. Length 5.1 cm TL
Argyropelecus hemigymnus Cocco, 1829

Photo by Photo by Fischer, L.G.
 
Argyropelecus hemigymnus
[Half-naked hatchetfish]



Western Pacific
Max. Length 5.9 cm TL
Argyropelecus lychnus Garman, 1899

Photo by Photo by Ramjohn, D.D.
 
Argyropelecus lychnus
[Tropical hatchetfish]



Eastern Atlantic
Max. Length 9 cm TL
Argyropelecus olfersii (Cuvier, 1829)

Photo by Photo by Dolgov, A.
 
Argyropelecus olfersii
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Atlantic, Indian and Paci
Max. Length 7 cm TL
Argyropelecus sladeni Regan, 1908

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Argyropelecus sladeni
[Sladen's hatchet fish]



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Scientific Name English Name Distribution Max. Length (cm) Year
Argyropelecus aculeatus Lovely hatchetfish Eastern Atlantic 8.3 SL 1850
Argyropelecus affinis Pacific hatchet fish Eastern Atlantic 8.4 SL 1899
Argyropelecus gigas Hatchetfish Eastern Atlantic 12 SL 1930
Argyropelecus hemigymnus Half-naked hatchetfish Eastern Atlantic 5.1 TL 1829
Argyropelecus lychnus Tropical hatchetfish Western Pacific 5.9 TL 1899
Argyropelecus olfersii Eastern Atlantic 9 TL 1829
Argyropelecus sladeni Sladen's hatchet fish Atlantic, Indian and Paci 7 TL 1908



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