Bathyclupea argentea

Common Name

Deepsea Herring

Year Described

Goode & Bean, 1896


Dorsal Fin: I, 9
Anal Fin: I, 28-31
Pectoral Fin: I, 27-30
Pelvic Fin:
Gill Rakers: 16-19
Lateral Line Scales: 33 (pored)

Body elongate and laterally compressed. Dorsal profile flattened while ventral profile is strongly curved. Mouth strongly upturned. Eye quite large. Tiny teeth on vomer, premaxillary, and lower jaw. Dorsal fin origin far back on body (well posterior to anal origin). Anal fin long (not as long as B. schroederi); originating anterior to the midpoint of body. Pelvic fin origin well forward of pectoral base. Pectoral fin large, with top rays longest. Body scales cycloid and easily rubbed off (lateral line scales less fragile). Head naked with obvious mucus cavities.


Bright silvery when fresh.


Maximum size to 211mm SL.


Captured between 366-640m.


From off New England to Venezuela, including the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea.


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