Argyripnus

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"Bristle-mouth fish" redirects here. This may also refer to the related genus Maurolicus or the family Gonostomatidae.
Argyripnus
Temporal range: Late Oligocene to Present
25–0 Ma
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Stomiiformes
Family: Sternoptychidae
Subfamily: Maurolicinae
Genus: Argyripnus
C. H. Gilbert & Cramer, 1897

Argyripnus is an oceanic ray-finned fish genus which belongs in the family Sternoptychidae. They are commonly known as bristle-mouth fishes, but that may also refer to the related bristlemouth family (Gonostomatidae). A. iridescens is called "pearlside", which usually refers to the closely related genus Maurolicus.

Species[edit]

There are currently seven recognized species in this genus: [1]

Fossils of bristle-mouth fishes show that the genus was already distinct in the Late Oligocene, more than 23 million years ago.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Froese, Rainer, and Daniel Pauly, eds. (2012). Species of Argyripnus in FishBase. February 2012 version.
  2. ^ Sepkoski (2002)
  • Sepkoski, Jack (2002): [Argyripnus]. In: A compendium of fossil marine animal genera. Bulletin of American Paleontology 364: 560. HTML database excerpt