Animal Species:Silverside, Argentina australiae Cohen, 1958

The Silverside is a small fish with large eyes and a sliver stripe running along both sides.  The species is is endemic to Australia.

Silverside, Argentina australiae

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Standard Common Name

Silverside

Alternative Name/s

Deepsea Smelt

Identification

The Silverside has an elongate body with a distinct sliver stripe running along both sides. It has large eyes and a small mouth with the upper jaw slightly longer than the lower.

There are two dorsal fins. The first is short-based and the second is adipose (glossary). The anal fin is small and placed almost adjacent to the caudal fin.

Size range

19 cm

Distribution

The Silverside is endemic to Australia. It occurs from off the northern coast of New South Wales to south-eastern Western Australia.

The map below shows the Australian distribution of the species based on public sightings and specimens in Australian Museums. Click on the map for detailed information.  Source: Atlas of Living Australia.

Argentina australiae

Distribution by collection data

Ozcam map of Silverside specimens in the Australian Museums.

What does this mean?

Habitat

The species is found in temperate marine waters.    It usually occurs on the continental shelf and slope, in depths ranging from 30 m to 400 m.

Classification

Species:
australiae
Genus:
Argentina
Family:
Argentinidae
Order:
Argentiniformes
Class:
Actinopterygii
Subphylum:
Vertebrata
Phylum:
Chordata
Kingdom:
Animalia

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References

  1. Glover, C.J.M. in Gomon, M.F, Glover, C.J.M. & R.H. Kuiter (Eds). 1994. The Fishes of Australia's South Coast. State Print, Adelaide. Pp. 992.
  2. Hoese, D.F., Bray, D.J., Paxton, J.R. & G.R. Allen. 2006. Fishes. In Beesley, P.L. & A. Wells. (eds) Zoological Catalogue of Australia. Volume 35. ABRS & CSIRO Publishing: Australia. parts 1-3, pages 1-2178.

 


Mark McGrouther , Collection Manager, Ichthyology
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Tags fishes, ichthyology, Silverside, Argentina australiae, Argentinidae, small fish, large eyes, silver stripe, stripes or bands, endemic to Australia, 10 cm - 30 cm,