Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Osmeriformes
(Smelts) > Argentinidae
(Argentines or herring smelts)
Etymology: Argentina: Latin, argentus = silver (Ref. 45335).
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; demersal; depth range 69 - 600 m (Ref. 58489). Temperate
Southwest Pacific: New Zealand and southern Australia.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Common length : 25.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 9258)
Occurs in offshore waters (Ref. 9258). Reported from depths between 69 m (Ref. 58489) and 600 m (Ref. 9258).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Armitage, R.O., D.A. Payne, G.J. Lockley, H.M. Currie, R.L. Colban, B.G. Lamb and L.J. Paul (eds.), 1994. Guide book to New Zealand commercial fish species. Revised edition. New Zealand Fishing Industry Board, Wellington, New Zealand, 216 p. (Ref. 9258)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 115185)
CITES (Ref. 115941)
Threat to humans
Fisheries: minor commercial
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates of some properties based on models
Preferred temperature (Ref. 115969
): 7.5 - 14.5, mean 11.2 (based on 69 cells).
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5001 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00363 (0.00180 - 0.00731), b=3.15 (2.97 - 3.33), in cm Total Length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 3.4 ±0.45 se; Based on food items.
Resilience (Ref. 69278
): Medium, minimum population doubling time 1.4 - 4.4 years (tmax=9).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Moderate vulnerability (36 of 100) .