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Pleuragramma antarctica (Antarctic silverfish; Antarctic herring)

Synonyms: Pleuragramma antarcticum
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Wikipedia Abstract

Pleuragramma antarcticum, the Antarctic silverfish, is a species of cod icefish native to the Southern Ocean.Pleuragramma antarcticum is a keystone species in the ecosystem of the Southern Ocean.While widely distributed around the Antarctic, the species appears to have largely disappeared from the western side of the northern Antarctic Peninsula, based on a 2010 research cruise funded by the National Science Foundation under the US Antarctic Program.
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Adult Weight [1]  110 grams
Maximum Longevity [2]  20 years

Prey / Diet

Aetideus armatus[3]
Calanoides acutus[4]
Calanus propinquus[3]
Codonellopsis gaussi[3]
Ctenocalanus vanus[3]
Cymatocylis antarctica[3]
Euphausia crystallorophias (ice krill)[5]
Euphausia superba (Antarctic krill)[3]
Hyperiella macronyx[3]
Lepidonotothen squamifrons (Grey rockcod)[3]
Limacina helicina (helicid pteropod)[3]
Metridia gerlachei[4]
Microcalanus pygmaeus[3]
Oithona similis[3]
Pelagobia longicirrata[3]
Pleuragramma antarctica (Antarctic silverfish)[6]
Primno macropa[3]
Rhincalanus gigas[3]
Stephos longipes[3]
Themisto gaudichaudii[4]
Thysanoessa macrura[3]
Trachyspermum ammi (Ajowan caraway)[3]


Alluroteuthis antarctica[7]
Aptenodytes forsteri (Emperor Penguin)[5]
Arctocephalus gazella (Antarctic Fur Seal)[8]
Balaenoptera acutorostrata (Minke Whale)[6]
Balaenoptera bonaerensis (Antarctic Minke Whale)[9]
Chaenodraco wilsoni (Spiny icefish)[6]
Chionodraco hamatus (Crocodile icefish)[6]
Chionodraco myersi (Myers' icefish)[6]
Chionodraco rastrospinosus (Ocellated icefish)[3]
Cryodraco antarcticus (Long-fingered icefish)[6]
Cygnodraco mawsoni (Mawson's dragonfish)[10]
Dacodraco hunteri (Crocodile icefish)[6]
Daption capense (Cape Petrel)[11]
Dissostichus mawsoni (Antarctic blenny)[12]
Eudyptes chrysocome (Rockhopper Penguin)[3]
Eudyptes schlegeli (Royal Penguin)[3]
Fulmarus glacialoides (Southern Fulmar)[3]
Gvozdarus svetovidovi (Naked-head toothfish)[6]
Gymnodraco acuticeps (Ploughfish)[6]
Hydrurga leptonyx (Leopard seal)[3]
Leptonychotes weddellii (Weddell Seal)[12]
Lobodon carcinophaga (Crabeater Seal)[3]
Mirounga leonina (Southern Elephant Seal)[3]
Neopagetopsis ionah (Jonah's icefish)[6]
Oceanites oceanicus (Wilson's Storm-Petrel)[3]
Ommatophoca rossii (Ross Seal)[3]
Pagodroma nivea (Snow Petrel)[5]
Pagothenia borchgrevinki (Bald notothen)[6]
Pleuragramma antarctica (Antarctic silverfish)[6]
Pygoscelis adeliae (Adelie Penguin)[13]
Pygoscelis antarcticus (Chinstrap Penguin)[3]
Pygoscelis papua (Gentoo Penguin)[3]
Stercorarius antarcticus (Subantarctic Skua)[3]
Stercorarius maccormicki (South Polar Skua)[5]
Sterna vittata (Antarctic Tern)[3]
Thalassoica antarctica (Antarctic Petrel)[5]
Trematomus eulepidotus (Blunt scalyhead)[3]
Trematomus hansoni (Striped rockcod)[3]
Trematomus lepidorhinus (Slender scalyhead)[3]
Trematomus newnesi (Dusky notothen)[6]
Trematomus nicolai (Spotted notothen)[3]
Trematomus pennellii (Sharp-spined notothen)[3]


Parasitized by 
Contracaecum osculatum[14]
Contracaecum radiatum <Unverified Name>[14]
Corynosoma hamanni[14]
Diphyllobothrium plerocercoid <Unverified Name>[14]
Genolinea bowersi[14]
Macvicaria pennelli[14]
Onchobothrium antarcticum[14]
Scolex pleuronectis <Unverified Name>[14]
Steringophorus furciger[14]


Southern Ocean: Antarctic Peninsula, South Shetland, Elephant, South Orkney islands, Weddell, Bellingshausen, Ross and Davis seas, Oates, Adélie, Wilhelm and other coasts of East Antarctica to Prydz Bay.;



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10Diet of two Antarctic dragonfish (Pisces: Bathydraconidae) from the Indian sector of the Southern Ocean, EVGENY A. PAKHOMOV, Antarctic Science 10 (1): 55-61 (1998)
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