Herring smelt

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Herring smelt
Argentina sphyraena.jpg
Argentina sphyraena
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Argentiniformes
Family: Argentinidae
Bonaparte, 1838
Genera

Argentina
Glossanodon

The herring smelts or argentines are a family, Argentinidae, of marine smelts. They are similar in appearance to smelts (family Osmeridae) but have much smaller mouths.

Ontogenic series of a fossil species of the genus Argentina, the Geological Museum, Copenhagen

They are found in oceans throughout the world. They are small fishes, growing up to 25 cm long, except the greater argentine, Argentina silus, which reaches 70 cm.

They form large schools close to the sea floor, and feed on plankton, especially krill, amphipods, small cephalopods, chaetognaths, and ctenophores.

Several species are fished commercially and processed into fish meal.

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