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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

  • Béarez, 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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