Classification / Names
Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes (gen., sp.) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa
Actinopteri (ray-finned fishes) > Stomiiformes
(Lightfishes and dragonfishes) > Sternoptychidae
(Marine hatchetfishes) > Maurolicinae
Etymology: Argyripnus: Greek, argyros = silver + Greek,hypnos = sleep (Ref. 45335).
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; bathypelagic; depth range 100 - 492 m (Ref. 75774). Deep-water
Indo-West Pacific. off Africa to the Philippines south to Indonesia and the Coral Sea.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 7.9 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 75774)
Morphology | Morphometrics
Vertebrae: 42 - 44. Distinguished by the following characters: gill rakers 15-16, usually 16 with typically 12 on the ventral limb; VAV + ACA photophores 13-18, photophore elevation 3.7-6.4% SL; 42-44 total vertebrae, usually 42 or 43; 9-12 dorsal fin rays; no uniquely derived characters known (Ref. 75774).
A mesopelagic species captured near the seafloor by bottom trawl (ref. 75774).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Harold, A.S. and K. Lancaster, 2003. A new species of the hatchetfish genus Argyripnus (Stomiiformes: Sternoptychidae) from the Indo-Pacific. Proc. Biol. Soc. Wash. 116 (4):883-891. (Ref. 75774)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 123251)
CITES (Ref. 123416)
Threat to humans
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningSpawning aggregationFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates based on models
Preferred temperature (Ref. 115969
): 11.7 - 21, mean 15.6 °C (based on 238 cells).
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5078 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.01000 (0.00244 - 0.04107), b=3.04 (2.81 - 3.27), in cm total length, based on all LWR estimates for this body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic level (Ref. 69278
): 3.1 ±0.1 se; based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 120179
): High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (24 of 100) .