Teleostei (teleosts) > Stomiiformes
(Lightfishes and dragonfishes) > Sternoptychidae
(Marine hatchetfishes) > Sternoptychinae
Etymology: Argyropelecus: Greek, argyros = silvered, silver + Greek, pelekys = axe (Ref. 45335).
More on author: Regan.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; bathypelagic; depth range 0 - 2926 m (Ref. 26165). Deep-water; 46°N -
Atlantic, Indian and Pacific: in tropical waters. Eastern Atlantic: Cape Blanc, Mauritania to Namibia. Eastern Pacific: Oregon to southern California in the USA (Ref. 265). Southeast Pacific: Chile (Ref. 9068). South China Sea (Ref.74511).
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 8.3 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 126117); max. published weight: 13.20 g (Ref. 126117)
Mesopelagic (Ref. 58302). Found in 50-600 m during the day and 100-375 m at night (Ref. 4054). Feed on copepods (Ref. 6885). Oviparous, with planktonic eggs and larvae (Ref. 35838).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Quéro, J.-C., J.C. Njock and M.M. de la Hoz, 1990. Sternoptychidae. p. 275-282. In J.C. Quero, J.C. Hureau, C. Karrer, A. Post and L. Saldanha (eds.) Check-list of the fishes of the eastern tropical Atlantic (CLOFETA). JNICT, Lisbon; SEI, Paris; and UNESCO, Paris. Vol. 1. (Ref. 4462)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 126983)
Threat to humans
Fisheries: of no interest