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CAAB: 37107001

Species Argyropelecus aculeatus Valenciennes, 1849

Lovely Hatchetfish, Hatchet Fish, Lovely Hatchet-fish


Generic Combinations




New South Wales, Queensland, Tasmania, Victoria, Western Australia

Extra Distribution Information

East of Raine Island, QLD (11°32'S, 144°10'E) to southern TAS and Great Australian Bight to west of Northwest Cape, WA (24º00'S, 111º54'E), and off Lord Howe Island, NSW and Norfolk Ridge; tropical, temperate, circumglobal (except eastern North Pacific).

IBRA and IMCRA regions (map not available)


Tasmania Province (10), Southeast Transition (11), Central Eastern Province (12), Tasman Basin Province (13), Lord Howe Province (14), Central Eastern Transition (15), Kenn Transition (16), Kenn Province (17), Northeast Province (18), Northeast Transition (19), Cape Province (20), Norfolk Island Province (21), Southwest Shelf Province (31), Central Western Transition (5), Central Western Province (6), Southwest Transition (7), Southern Province (8)

Other Regions

Coral Sea Islands Territory

Distribution References

Ecological Descriptors

Bathypelagic, mesopelagic.

Extra Ecological Information



General References

Borodulina, O.D. 1978. Materials on the systematics and distribution of the oceanic hatchet-fishes genera Argyropelecus and Sternoptyx (Sternoptychidae, Osteichthyes). Trudy Instituta Okeanologii. Akademiya Nauk SSSR. Moskva 111: 28-60 figs 1-16 [in Russian] (distribution)

Harold, A.S., Stewart, A.L. & Roberts, C.D. 2015. Family Sternoptychidae. pp. 446-468 in Roberts, C.D., Stewart, A.L. & Struthers, C.D. The Fishes of New Zealand. Wellington : Te Papa Press Vol. 2 pp. 1-576. [453]

Harold, A.S. & Gomon, M.F. 2008. Various family accounts. pp. 225 in Gomon, M.F., Bray, D.J. & Kuiter, R.H. (eds). Fishes of Australia's Southern Coast. Sydney : Reed New Holland 928 pp. [230]

Munro, I.S.R. 1961. Handbook of Australian fishes. Nos 1–42. Australian Fisheries Newsletter 15–17, 19, 20: 1-172 [published as separates 1956–1961] [32] (222)

Paxton, J.R., Gates, J.E., Bray, D.J. & Hoese, D.F. 2006. Sternoptychidae. pp. 423-428 in Hoese, D.F., Bray, D.J., Paxton, J.R. & Allen, G.R. Fishes. In, Beesley, P.L. & Wells, A. (eds) Zoological Catalogue of Australia. Vol. 35. Volume 35 Australia : ABRS & CSIRO Publishing Parts 1-3, 2178 pp. [424]

Paxton, J.R., Hoese, D.F., Allen, G.R. & Hanley, J.E. (eds) 1989. Zoological Catalogue of Australia. Pisces: Petromyzontidae to Carangidae. Canberra : Australian Government Publishing Service Vol. 7 665 pp. [191]

Whitley, G.P. 1964. A survey of Australian Ichthyology. Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales 89(1): 11-127 [35] (281)


History of changes

Note that this list may be incomplete for dates prior to September 2013.
Published As part of group Action Date Action Type Compiler(s)
11-Sep-2020 STOMIIFORMES 19-Sep-2019 MODIFIED Dr Dianne Bray (NMV) Dr Doug Hoese (AM) Dr Matthew Lockett (AM)
27-Jul-2010 MODIFIED