Chimaera monstrosa   Linnaeus,   1758 (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Holocephali

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Elongated body and shark-like in form tapering posteriorly to a point at tail. Head is large compressed and without proboscis or beak. Eyes are large or moderate and lateral. Mouth is inferior, nasoral grooves are present. Spiracles are absent. One gill-opening on either side of pharynx containing four gill-slits and four gills covered over by a skinny operculum. 2 dorsal fins, the first dorsal with a strong spine anteriorly and second dorsal is long and low. Pectoral are large, free and low. Pelvics abdominal and many rayed. Anal fin is small, distinct or not distinct from subcaudal. Teeth united to form bony plates, laminae or tritors, 4 tritors in the upper jaw and 2 tritors in lower jaw.

Synonym (s)
Chimaera arctica Gistel, 1848
Chimaera argentea Ascanius, 1772
Chimaera borealis Shaw, 1804
Chimaera cristata Faber, 1829
Chimaera dubia Osório, 1909
Chimaera mediterranea Risso, 1826

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats




Literature Source(s)
  • Biswas, KP (2009) Fishes around Indian Ocean Elasmobranch Fishes Daya publishing house Available at - NIO,Goa
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at -
  • Arkive: Images of life on earth Available at -

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