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Illex argentinus, commonly known as the Argentine shortfin squid is a species of squid in the family Ommastrephidae.

Argentine shortfin squid
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Mollusca
Class: Cephalopoda
Order: Teuthida
Family: Ommastrephidae
Genus: Illex
Species: I. argentinus
Binomial name
Illex argentinus
(Castellanos, 1960)
  • Ommastrephes argentinus
    Castellanos, 1960

It is one of the most commercially fished species of squid, with 511,087 tons harvested in 2002, or 23.3% of the entire squid harvest.[1]