Rhinochimaera pacifica

(Mitsukuri, 1895)

Pacific spookfish
Classification: Holocephali Chimaeriformes Rhinochimaeridae

Reference of the original description
Mitsukuri, K. (1895)
On a new genus of the chimaeroid group Hariotta. Dobutsugaku Zasshi (= Zoological Magazine Tokyo), 7(80), 97–98

Image of the original description

Rhinochimaera pacifica (Mitsukuri, 1895)

Synonyms / new combinations and misspellings
Harriotta pacifica, Rhinchochimaera (Harriotta) pacifica

Rhinochimaera pacifica
Syntype: ZUMT: 1453; ZUMT: 1454;

Description :

Citation: Rhinochimaera pacifica (Mitsukuri, 1895): In: Database of modern sharks, rays and chimaeras, www.shark-references.com, World Wide Web electronic publication, Version 07/2024

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Rhinochimaera pacifica (Mitsukuri, 1895), adult male © Brit Finucci
Common names
eng Deep-sea Pacific knife-nose chimaera, eng Deep-sea chimaera, eng Longnosed chimaera, eng Narrownose chimaera, eng Pacific longnosed chimaera, eng Pacific spookfish, eng Pinocchiofish, eng Ratfish

Short Description
Pale brown dorsally, grey-brown ventrally; snout and front of head white [578]. A spookfish with a very long, narrow, conical snout, a small eye situated behind the mouth, a rather long first dorsal fin and spine, relatively smooth tooth plates, and with the lower caudal-fin lobe longer than the upper lobe [1388].

Pacific Ocean: Japanese Archipelago to the South China Sea, and off Australasia and Peru. Source: www.gbif.org

Oviparous [578].

Size / Weight / Age
130 cm OT (male/unsexed; [578])

benthopelagic; marine; depth range 330 - 1490 m [578]

shark-references Species-ID=6053;

Parasites (arranged by Jürgen Pollerspöck)