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

Genus: Chimaera

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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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