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Family: Chimaeridae Shortnose chimaeras or ratfishes



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Max. Length 91.2 cm TL

 
Chimaera argiloba
[Whitefin chimarea]



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

Photo by Photo by Kemper, J.M.
 
Chimaera bahamaensis
[Bahamas ghost shark]
No picture found

Max. Length 86.1 cm TL

 
Chimaera buccanigella
[Dark-mouth Chimaera]
No picture found

Max. Length 103.5 cm TL

 
Chimaera carophila
[Brown chimaera]



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

Photo by Photo by FAO
 
Chimaera cubana
[Chimaera]
No picture found

Max. Length 15.6 cm TL

 
Chimaera didierae
[The Falkor chimaera]



Southern Australia.
Max. Length 118.7 cm TL
Chimaera fulva Didier, Last & White, 2008

Photo by Photo by Graham, K.
 
Chimaera fulva
[Southern chimaera]



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

Photo by Photo by National Museum of Marine Science and Technology, Taiwan
 
Chimaera jordani
[]
No picture found

Max. Length 142 cm TL

 
Chimaera lignaria
[Carpenter's chimaera]



Indo-West Pacific area of
Max. Length 103.4 cm TL
Chimaera macrospina Didier, Last & White, 2008

Photo by Photo by Graham, K.
 
Chimaera macrospina
[Longspine chimaera]



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

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



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

Photo by Photo by Kemper, J.M.
 
Chimaera notafricana
[Cape chimaera]
No picture found

Max. Length 95.1 cm TL

 
Chimaera obscura
[Shortspine chimaera]



Northeast Atlantic, along
Max. Length 109.8 cm TL
Chimaera opalescens Luchetti, Iglésias & Sellos, 2011

Photo by Photo by Iglesias, S.P.
 
Chimaera opalescens
[Opal chimaera]
No picture found

Max. Length 17.6 cm TL

 
Chimaera orientalis
[Eastern Pacific black chimaera]
No picture found


 
Chimaera owstoni
[]
No picture found

Max. Length 129 cm TL

 
Chimaera panthera
[]



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

Photo by Photo by CAFS
 
Chimaera phantasma
[Silver chimaera]
No picture found

Max. Length 97.1 cm TL

 
Chimaera willwatchi
[Seafarer’s ghost shark]



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
[Spookfish]



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
[]



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Scientific Name English Name Distribution Max. Length (cm) Year
Chimaera argiloba Whitefin chimarea Eastern Indian Ocean 91.2 TL 2008
Chimaera bahamaensis Bahamas ghost shark North Atlantic 88.1 TL 2010
Chimaera buccanigella Dark-mouth Chimaera Southwestern Indian Ocean 86.1 TL 2017
Chimaera carophila Brown chimaera Southwest Pacific 103.5 TL 2014
Chimaera cubana Chimaera Western Central Atlantic 75 TL 1936
Chimaera didierae The Falkor chimaera Southwestern Indian Ocean 15.6 TL 2017
Chimaera fulva Southern chimaera Southern Australia. 118.7 TL 2008
Chimaera jordani Northwest Pacific 64 SL 1905
Chimaera lignaria Carpenter's chimaera Pacific 142 TL 2002
Chimaera macrospina Longspine chimaera Indo-West Pacific area of 103.4 TL 2008
Chimaera monstrosa Rabbit fish Eastern Atlantic 150 TL 1758
Chimaera notafricana Cape chimaera Southeast Atlantic 93 TL 2010
Chimaera obscura Shortspine chimaera Southwest Pacific 95.1 TL 2008
Chimaera opalescens Opal chimaera Northeast Atlantic, along 109.8 TL 2011
Chimaera orientalis Eastern Pacific black chimaera Eastern Pacific 17.6 TL 2014
Chimaera owstoni Northwest Pacific 1905
Chimaera panthera Southwest Pacific 129 TL 1998
Chimaera phantasma Silver chimaera Western Pacific 100 TL 1900
Chimaera willwatchi Seafarer’s ghost shark Southwestern Indian Ocean 97.1 TL 2017
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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