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Argyrosomus thorpei  Smith, 1977

Squaretail kob
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Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Perciformes (Perch-likes) > Sciaenidae (Drums or croakers)
Etymology: Argyrosomus: Greek, argyros = silvered, silver + Greek, soma = body (Ref. 45335).

Environment / Climate / Range Ecology

Marine; demersal.   Subtropical, preferred ?; 24°S - 36°S, 25°E - 35°E (Ref. 56860)

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Western Indian Ocean: Mozambique to Port Elizabeth, South Africa; also from the west coast of Madagascar.

Length at first maturity / Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm 33.0  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 71.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 4373); common length : 40.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 3490); max. published weight: 12.0 kg (Ref. 11025)

Short description Morphology | Morphometrics

Dorsal spines (total): 11; Dorsal soft rays (total): 26-28; Anal spines: 2; Anal soft rays: 6 - 7. Body silvery, fins orange-brown or yellowish (Ref. 4373).

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

Found in coastal waters. Juveniles are found on sand or mud substrate and the adults predominantly on reef (Ref. 12200). Spawns in the winter (Ref. 12199). An important food fish. Sold fresh in markets.

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Robins, C.R., R.M. Bailey, C.E. Bond, J.R. Brooker, E.A. Lachner, R.N. Lea and W.B. Scott, 1991. World fishes important to North Americans. Exclusive of species from the continental waters of the United States and Canada. Am. Fish. Soc. Spec. Publ. (21):243 p. (Ref. 4537)

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 115185)

CITES (Ref. 94142)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans

  Harmless




Human uses

Fisheries: commercial; gamefish: yes
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