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Lovely Hatchetfish
Range Gulf of Mexico
Scientific Classification
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Actinopterygii
Order Stomiiformes
Family Sternoptychidae
Genus Argyropelecus
Species A. aculeatus

The Lovely hatchetfish or Atlantic silver hatchetfish (Argyropelecus aculeatus) is a species of fish in the Sternoptychidae family. It may exceed 70 millimetres (2.8 in) standard length (SL). It lives in the mesopelagic zone of all oceans and performs diel vertical migration. lovely hatchetfish feeds on a large range of prey items; in the Gulf of Mexico ostracods and copepods dominated the diet of small individuals (<30 mm SL) and euphausiids, molluscs, and fish the diet of larger ones.