The chimaeras are characterized by having tooth plates in their mouths for crushing hard food and a dorsal spine with a venom sac at its base. They are found in deep subarctic and Antarctic waters and are an evolutionary backwater.
Australian Ghost Shark
Photograph and information on this fish, Callorhinchus milii, which is known as the elephant fish in Australia and New Zealand where it is found.
Information from Wikipedia and several photographs of this fish, sometimes known as the ratfish, rabbitfish or ghost shark, and details of the six genera in three families.
Chimaera: Hydrolagus affinis
Drawing and description of this curiously shaped fish and details of its range.
Painting by Roy Troll of Hydrolagis trolli, a newly named species, and information on the fossil remains of ratfish from the Smoky Hill Chalk.
Several photographs of the spotted ratfish.
Hydrolagus colliei (Spotted Ratfish)
Images of a preserved specimen of this species, including an enlargement of the tooth plates.
Photographs and information from Wikipedia on this interesting species, Hydrolagus colliei, which gets its name from its pointed rat-like tail.
Spotted Ratfish: Hydrolagus colliei
Two clear photographs of this species from Cold Water Images.
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