Chimaeridae (Shortnose chimaeras)
Species Currently in the DFL
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About This Family
Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian Oceans.
The family Chimaerida, also known as ratfishes and rabbitfishes, are long-bodied, cartilaginous fishes, reaching a maximum total length of 1.4 m. They possess a short and blunt snout and a diphycercal tail. Anal fin joined at caudal in Hydrolagus and separated in Chimera. Males have head clappers. A poison gland is associated with dorsal spine in which its venom can hurt humans. Chimeras prey on small fishes and bottom invertebrates.
The family consists of two genera: Hydrolagus with 22 species and Chimaera with seven species.
Nelson 2006; Wheeler 1975