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"Bristle-mouth fish" redirects here. This may also refer to the related genus Maurolicus or the family Gonostomatidae.
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.


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]


  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