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

Genus: Hydrolagus

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Northeast Atlantic
Max. Length 130 cm TL
Hydrolagus affinis (de Brito Capello, 1868)

Photo by Photo by Mouritsen, R.
Hydrolagus affinis
[Smalleyed rabbitfish]

Western Indian Ocean
Max. Length 67 cm TL
Hydrolagus africanus (Gilchrist, 1922)

Photo by Photo by Le Noury, P.
Hydrolagus africanus
[African chimaera]

Eastern Atlantic
Max. Length 54 cm SL
Hydrolagus alberti Bigelow & Schroeder, 1951

Photo by Photo by NOAA\NMFS\Mississippi Laboratory
Hydrolagus alberti
No picture found

Max. Length 48 cm TL

Hydrolagus alphus

Northwest Pacific

Hydrolagus barbouri (Garman, 1908)

Photo by Photo by Reyes, R.B.
Hydrolagus barbouri
No picture found

Max. Length 111.5 cm TL

Hydrolagus bemisi

Northeastern Pacific
Max. Length 100 cm TL
Hydrolagus colliei (Lay & Bennett, 1839)

Photo by Photo by Nichols, J.
Hydrolagus colliei
[Spotted ratfish]

Western Central Pacific
Max. Length 73 cm TL
Hydrolagus deani (Smith & Radcliffe, 1912)

Photo by Photo by FAO
Hydrolagus deani
[Philippine chimaera]
No picture found

Hydrolagus eidolon
No picture found

Max. Length 144.2 cm TL

Hydrolagus erithacus
[Robin’s ghostshark]
No picture found

Max. Length 108.5 cm TL

Hydrolagus homonycteris
[Black ghostshark]

Indo-West Pacific
Max. Length 88 cm TL
Hydrolagus lemures (Whitley, 1939)

Photo by Photo by FAO
Hydrolagus lemures
[Blackfin ghostshark]
No picture found

Max. Length 117.7 cm OT

Hydrolagus lusitanicus

Eastern Pacific
Max. Length 63.9 cm TL
Hydrolagus macrophthalmus de Buen, 1959

Photo by Photo by Reyes, P.
Hydrolagus macrophthalmus
[Big eye chimaera]

Western Pacific
Max. Length 80.1 cm TL
Hydrolagus marmoratus Didier, 2008

Photo by Photo by Graham, K.
Hydrolagus marmoratus

Southwestern Atlantic
Max. Length 69.5 cm TL
Hydrolagus matallanasi Soto & Vooren, 2004

Photo by Photo by Fischer, L.G.
Hydrolagus matallanasi
[Striped rabbitfish]
No picture found

Max. Length 38.1 cm TL

Hydrolagus mccoskeri
[Galápagos Ghost Shark]

Eastern Pacific Ocean
Max. Length 120 cm TL
Hydrolagus melanophasma James, Ebert, Long & Didier, 2009

Photo by Photo by Reyes, P.
Hydrolagus melanophasma
[Eastern Pacific Black Ghostshark]

Eastern Atlantic
Max. Length 41 cm SL
Hydrolagus mirabilis (Collett, 1904)

Photo by Photo by JAMARC
Hydrolagus mirabilis
[Large-eyed rabbitfish]

Northwest Pacific

Hydrolagus mitsukurii (Jordan & Snyder, 1904)

Photo by Photo by Shao, K.T.
Hydrolagus mitsukurii

Southwest Pacific
Max. Length 96 cm TL
Hydrolagus novaezealandiae (Fowler, 1911)

Photo by Photo by SeaFIC
Hydrolagus novaezealandiae
[Dark ghost shark]

Eastern Indian Ocean and
Max. Length 85 cm WD
Hydrolagus ogilbyi (Waite, 1898)

Photo by Photo by Yau, B.
Hydrolagus ogilbyi
[Ogilbys ghostshark]

Northeast Atlantic

Hydrolagus pallidus Hardy & Stehmann, 1990

Photo by Photo by Wirtz, P.
Hydrolagus pallidus
No picture found

Hydrolagus purpurescens
[Purple chimaera]
No picture found

Max. Length 120.4 cm TL

Hydrolagus trolli
[Pointy-nosed blue chimaera]
No picture found

Hydrolagus waitei

26 species

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Scientific Name English Name Distribution Max. Length (cm) Year
Hydrolagus affinis Smalleyed rabbitfish Northeast Atlantic 130 TL 1868
Hydrolagus africanus African chimaera Western Indian Ocean 67 TL 1922
Hydrolagus alberti Eastern Atlantic 54 SL 1951
Hydrolagus alphus Eastern Central Pacific 48 TL 2006
Hydrolagus barbouri Northwest Pacific 1908
Hydrolagus bemisi Southwest Pacific 111.5 TL 2002
Hydrolagus colliei Spotted ratfish Northeastern Pacific 100 TL 1839
Hydrolagus deani Philippine chimaera Western Central Pacific 73 TL 1912
Hydrolagus eidolon Northwest Pacific 1925
Hydrolagus erithacus Robin’s ghostshark Southeastern Atlantic and 144.2 TL 2017
Hydrolagus homonycteris Black ghostshark Southern Ocean 108.5 TL 2008
Hydrolagus lemures Blackfin ghostshark Indo-West Pacific 88 TL 1939
Hydrolagus lusitanicus Northeast Atlantic 117.7 OT 2005
Hydrolagus macrophthalmus Big eye chimaera Eastern Pacific 63.9 TL 1959
Hydrolagus marmoratus Western Pacific 80.1 TL 2008
Hydrolagus matallanasi Striped rabbitfish Southwestern Atlantic 69.5 TL 2004
Hydrolagus mccoskeri Galápagos Ghost Shark Eastern Central Pacific 38.1 TL 2006
Hydrolagus melanophasma Eastern Pacific Black Ghostshark Eastern Pacific Ocean 120 TL 2009
Hydrolagus mirabilis Large-eyed rabbitfish Eastern Atlantic 41 SL 1904
Hydrolagus mitsukurii Spookfish Northwest Pacific 1904
Hydrolagus novaezealandiae Dark ghost shark Southwest Pacific 96 TL 1911
Hydrolagus ogilbyi Ogilbys ghostshark Eastern Indian Ocean and 85 WD 1898
Hydrolagus pallidus Northeast Atlantic 1990
Hydrolagus purpurescens Purple chimaera Pacific Ocean 1905
Hydrolagus trolli Pointy-nosed blue chimaera Western Pacific 120.4 TL 2002
Hydrolagus waitei Eastern Indian Ocean 1907

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