Glossanodon pygmaeus Cohen, 1958
Pygmy argentine
Glossanodon pygmaeus
photo by Figueiredo, J.L./Menezes, N.A.

Family:  Argentinidae (Argentines or herring smelts)
Max. size:  11.25 cm SL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  bathypelagic; marine; depth range 92 - 458 m
Distribution:  Western Atlantic: South Carolina to southern Florida, in the northern Gulf of Mexico, and off Cuba, Nicaragua, Venezuela, and northern Brazil.
Diagnosis:  Dorsal soft rays (total): 10-12; Anal soft rays: 11-13. Slender body. Swim bladder lacking silvery pigment. Light tan ground color in alcohol (Ref. 37473).
Biology:  Inhabits muddy, sand and gravel bottom (Ref. 37473). Sexual maturity reached around 8 cm SL, with female of 7.72 cm SL with ripe eggs and male of 8.66 cm SL with well-developed testes (Ref. 84005).
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 04 February 2009 Ref. (123251)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Froese, Rainer - 01.05.91
Modified by: Capuli, Estelita Emily - 22.04.10

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