Albula argentea

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Silver sharpjaw bonefish
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Perciformes
Family: Albulidae
Genus: Albula
Species: A. argentea
Binomial name
Albula argentea
(Forster, 1801)
  • Esox argenteus Forster, 1801 non Gmelin 1789
  • Synodus argenteus Forster 1801 ex Schneider 1801
  • Albula forsteri Valenciennes, 1847
  • Albula neoguinaica Valenciennes, 1847
  • Albula seminuda Valenciennes, 1847

The silver sharpjaw bonefish (Albula argentea) is a species of marine fish found in the tropical western Pacific Ocean. They grow up to 70 cm (28 in).[3]

Taxonomy and nomenclature[edit]

The longjaw bonefish had a somewhat convoluted nomenclatural history. It was originally named Esox argenteus,.[4] but that name was already in use for the Giant kokopu, and it was later renamed Albula forsteri.[5] However, Forster's taxon is in a genus different than the giant kokopu, and thus Forster's name still stands.[6]

Albula virgata and A. oligolepis were formerly assigned to this species, but are now recognized as distinct.[6]


  1. ^ "Albulidae" (PDF). Deeplyfish- fishes of the world. Retrieved 18 May 2017. 
  2. ^ Froese, R.; Pauly, D. (2017). "Albulidae". FishBase version (02/2017). Retrieved 18 May 2017. 
  3. ^ a b Froese, Rainer and Pauly, Daniel, eds. (2006). "Albula argentea" in FishBase. April 2006 version.
  4. ^ Bloch, M. E. and J. G. Schneider 1801 M. E. Blochii, Systema Ichthyologiae Iconibus cx Ilustratum. Post obitum auctoris opus inchoatum absolvit, correxit, interpolavit Jo. Gottlob Schneider, Saxo. Berolini. Sumtibus Auctoris Impressum et Bibliopolio Sanderiano Commissum. i-lx + 1-584, Pls. 1-110.
  5. ^ Cuvier, G. and A. Valenciennes 1847. Histoire naturelle des poissons. Tome dix-neuvième. Suite du livre dix-neuvième. Brochets ou Lucioïdes. Livre vingtième. De quelques familles de Malacoptérygiens, intermédiaires entre les Brochets et les Clupes. P. Bertrand, Paris. v. 19: i-xix + 1-544 + 6 pp., Pls. 554-590
  6. ^ a b Hidaka, K., Y. Iwatsuki and J.E. Randall, 2008. A review of the Indo-Pacific bonefishes of the Albula argentea complex, with a description of a new species. Ichthyol. Res. 55:53-64.