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Class: Holocephali
Order: Chimaeriformes
Family: Chimaeridae Shortnose chimaeras or ratfishes

Genus: Chimaera

(See list of species below)



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14 species (see list below)

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Eastern Indian Ocean
Max. Length 91.2 cm TL

 
Chimaera argiloba
[Whitefin chimarea]

Photo by Kemper, J.M.

North Atlantic
Max. Length 88.1 cm TL
Chimaera bahamaensis Kemper, Ebert, Didier & Compagno, 2010

Photo by Kemper, J.M.
 
Chimaera bahamaensis
[Bahamas ghost shark]

Photo by FAO

Western Central Atlantic
Max. Length 75 cm TL
Chimaera cubana Howell Rivero, 1936

Photo by FAO
 
Chimaera cubana
[Chimaera]
No picture found
Southern Australia.
Max. Length 118.7 cm TL

 
Chimaera fulva
[Southern chimaera]

Photo by National Museum of Marine Science and Technology, Taiwan

Northwest Pacific
Max. Length 64 cm SL
Chimaera jordani Tanaka, 1905

Photo by National Museum of Marine Science and Technology, Taiwan
 
Chimaera jordani
[]
No picture found
Southwest Pacific
Max. Length 142 cm TL

 
Chimaera lignaria
[Carpenter's chimaera]
No picture found
Indo-West Pacific area of
Max. Length 103.4 cm TL

 
Chimaera macrospina
[Longspine chimaera]

Photo by Svensen, E.

Eastern Atlantic
Max. Length 150 cm TL
Chimaera monstrosa Linnaeus, 1758

Photo by Svensen, E.
 
Chimaera monstrosa
[Rabbit fish]

Photo by Kemper, J.M.

Southeast Atlantic
Max. Length 93 cm TL
Chimaera notafricana Kemper, Ebert, Compagno & Didier, 2010

Photo by Kemper, J.M.
 
Chimaera notafricana
[Cape chimaera]
No picture found
Southwest Pacific
Max. Length 95.1 cm TL

 
Chimaera obscura
[Shortspine chimaera]
No picture found
Northeast Atlantic, along
Max. Length 109.8 cm TL

 
Chimaera opalescens
[Opal chimaera]
No picture found
Northwest Pacific

 
Chimaera owstoni
[]
No picture found
Southwest Pacific
Max. Length 129 cm TL

 
Chimaera panthera
[]

Photo by CAFS

Western Pacific
Max. Length 100 cm TL
Chimaera phantasma Jordan & Snyder, 1900

Photo by CAFS
 
Chimaera phantasma
[Silver chimaera]
14 Species of Family Chimaeridae with Genus Chimaera
(Shortnose chimaeras or ratfishes)
Sort by: Species Length Year
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Year Scientific Name English Name Distribution Max. Length (cm)
2008 Chimaera argiloba Whitefin chimarea Eastern Indian Ocean 91.2 TL
2010 Chimaera bahamaensis Bahamas ghost shark North Atlantic 88.1 TL
1936 Chimaera cubana Chimaera Western Central Atlantic 75 TL
2008 Chimaera fulva Southern chimaera Southern Australia. 118.7 TL
1905 Chimaera jordani Northwest Pacific 64 SL
2002 Chimaera lignaria Carpenter's chimaera Southwest Pacific 142 TL
2008 Chimaera macrospina Longspine chimaera Indo-West Pacific area of 103.4 TL
1758 Chimaera monstrosa Rabbit fish Eastern Atlantic 150 TL
2010 Chimaera notafricana Cape chimaera Southeast Atlantic 93 TL
2008 Chimaera obscura Shortspine chimaera Southwest Pacific 95.1 TL
2011 Chimaera opalescens Opal chimaera Northeast Atlantic, along 109.8 TL
1905 Chimaera owstoni Northwest Pacific
1998 Chimaera panthera Southwest Pacific 129 TL
1900 Chimaera phantasma Silver chimaera Western Pacific 100 TL



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