Greater argentine (Argentina silus)

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Argentina silas has a fairly elongate body that may reach up to 60 cm in length. It has a small pointed snout, a small mouth and a large eye. It has a tall first dorsal fin located forward of the pelvic fin and a small adipose (fatty) dorsal fin just forward of the tail. The tail fin is small and forked and the pectoral fin is set low on the body. Its scales are fairly strong and rough-edged and a distinct lateral line is present. It is pale geenish yellow in colour with silvery flanks and belly.

Recorded distribution in Britain and Ireland

Found off the coasts of Scotland as well as western Ireland.

Global distribution



The greater argentine is a bathydemersal species schooling near the seabed at a few hundred metres in depth.

Depth range


Identifying features

  • Up to 60 cm in length.
  • Pectoral fin is low on the body.
  • Adipose dorsal fin present.
  • Over 64 lateral line scales.
  • Pale greenish yellow above; silvery underneath.

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  1. NBN (National Biodiversity Network) Atlas. Available from:

  2. OBIS (Ocean Biodiversity Information System),  2024. Global map of species distribution using gridded data. Available from: Ocean Biogeographic Information System. Accessed: 2024-06-15


This review can be cited as:

Barnes, M.K.S. 2008. Argentina silus Greater argentine. In Tyler-Walters H. and Hiscock K. Marine Life Information Network: Biology and Sensitivity Key Information Reviews, [on-line]. Plymouth: Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom. [cited 15-06-2024]. Available from:

Last Updated: 02/06/2008