Greater argentine

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Greater argentine
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Argentiniformes
Family: Argentinidae
Genus: Argentina
Species: A. silus
Binomial name
Argentina silus
(Ascanius, 1775)

The greater argentine (Argentina silus ; synonymous with Salmo silus), also known as the Atlantic argentine, great silver smelt, herring smelt or simply smelt, is a northern Atlantic herring smelt and can be found at depths from 140 to 1,440 metres (460 to 4,720 ft). This species reaches a length of 70.0 centimetres (27.6 in) SL. It is of commercial importance and it is used as seafood.



  • Froese, Rainer and Pauly, Daniel, eds. (2012). "Argentina silus" in FishBase. February 2012 version.
  • "Argentina silus". Integrated Taxonomic Information System. Retrieved August 21, 2006.

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