Albula argentea (Forster, 1801)
Longjaw bonefish
photo by Osmany, H.B.

Family:  Albulidae (Bonefishes), subfamily: Albulinae
Max. size:  70 cm SL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  demersal; marine; depth range 2 - 90 m
Distribution:  Western Pacific: Indo-Malayan to South Pacific (east to the Society Is, and the Marquesas).

Part of a species complex wherein its former Indo-Pacific distribution has been divided with A. oligolepis found in the Indian Ocean and A. virgata known only from Hawaii.

Diagnosis:  Vertebrae: 65-69. Compared with A. glossodonta, argentea have a larger mouth, upper jaw 2.6-2.9 in HL, more pointed lower jaw, and no blackish spot on the underside of the tip of the snout (Ref. 26145).
Biology:  Seldom found on coral reefs, occasionally in sheltered, shallow lagoons (Ref. 90102).
IUCN Red List Status: Data deficient (DD); Date assessed: 29 March 2011 Ref. (124695)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Capuli, Estelita Emily - 10.09.01
Modified by: Capuli, Estelita Emily - 07.04.15

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