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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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19 species
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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]
No picture found
Southwestern Indian Ocean
Max. Length 86.1 cm TL

 
Chimaera buccanigella
[Dark-mouth Chimaera]
No picture found
Southwest Pacific
Max. Length 103.5 cm TL

 
Chimaera carophila
[Brown chimaera]

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
Southwestern Indian Ocean
Max. Length 15.6 cm TL

 
Chimaera didierae
[The Falkor 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
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]

Photo by Iglesias, S.P.

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

Photo by Iglesias, S.P.
 
Chimaera opalescens
[Opal chimaera]
No picture found
Eastern Pacific
Max. Length 17.6 cm TL

 
Chimaera orientalis
[Eastern Pacific black 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]
No picture found
Southwestern Indian Ocean
Max. Length 97.1 cm TL

 
Chimaera willwatchi
[Seafarer’s ghost shark]



19 species

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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



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